A BIG-HEARTED Millport youngster has proved a cut above after shedding her treasured locks to help children battling cancer.

Miyah Morgan Young has given 18 inches of her own hair to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to the disease.

Proud mum Philomena Doig, who is a hairdresser herself and gave her daughter the snip, says she couldn’t be prouder.

She said: “I have cut people’s hair for charity a few times before, including for The Little Princess Trust.

“Miyah saw an advert for the charity and asked if she could get her own hair cut as well to send to another wee girl that doesn’t have any.

“She has seen me do it for other young girls over the years but I think she was too scared, Now she is that little bit older she just wanted to help."

Miyah added: “I didn’t know if she would go through with it because her hair is her pride and joy, but she was determined to see it through. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Although mum Philomena was wary at first, her daughter’s kindness convinced her to help her become top of the chops.

She said: “At first I was going to say no because it was too much, but I always want to let her make her own choices so I relented.

“I explained that once I had cut her hair it couldn’t go back on. She was quite nervous and laughing when it was happening but once it was off and she saw her new look and she loved it.

“She says that one of the advantages of having shorter hair is that she doesn’t have to get up as early for school!”

Philomena says the hair will have to be quarantined for a few weeks by the charity before it can be used. A certificate will then be sent to Miyah in the post to mark her courageous effort.

The mother-of-two says everyone is proud of the youngster, including other islanders who heard about her kind-hearted gesture.

She said: “Miyah has a heart of gold and we are all super proud of her, she’s a really sweet wee girl.

“That’s just the kind of person she is and she always wants to help other people, but this is the first time she has done something for charity.

“She has had a lot of kind messages sent to her from people on the island congratulated her. She has read through them all and said she was touched by what people thought."