A remarkable young girl from north Belfast is preparing to give up one of her most precious possessions for the benefit of those much worse off than herself.
Later this month, six-year-old Lilly Bell will have 14 inches cut off her long, flowing hair so it can be made into wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatments.
Lilly – a P2 pupil at Cavehill Primary School – is also hoping to raise awareness of the condition, and raise much-needed funds for the NI Children’s Hospice.
Explaining how she got the idea, Lilly said it came from a photograph of a young cancer patient she happened to see last year.
“Everyone always mentions my thick long hair, so when I saw a little girl who had lost all her hair, I wished I could share some of mine with her,” she said.
“My mummy [Lindsay Bell] did some research and found out about the Little Princess Trust. They’re a charity who provide free wigs to children who need them,” Lilly added.
Anyone wishing to support Lilly in her fundraising efforts can make a donation to the NI Children’s Hospice at www.justgiving.com/LillysBigHaircut