A GENEROUS Gourock girl said ta-ra to her tresses to raise funds for cancer stricken youngsters.

Big-hearted Eilidh McWilliams chopped off 11 inches of her lovely locks to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children with cancer as they go through treatment.

As well as going for the chop, the kind seven-year-old has also raised almost £700 - more than enough to cover the cost of a real hair wig free-of-charge to a young cancer patient.

The youngster, who lives at home with mum Fiona, dad Steven and 10-year-old brother Aaron, says she was 'very excited' to help others.

The Moorfoot Primary pupil said: "I wanted to donate my hair to help boys and girls at the Little Princess Trust.

"I wanted a haircut, so I am glad I have been able to donate it and raise money for a wig which costs £550."

Fiona, who works for the National Lottery, says Eilidh was 'hyper' on the big day and is delighted she has raised so much for the worthwhile cause.

She told the Tele: "When Eilidh said she wanted a haircut it seemed like such a waste, as she's got such beautiful hair.

"We hadn't heard of the Little Princess Trust, so when we found that it made sense for her to donate her hair.

"We're thankful to our friends, family and colleagues who have all supported Eilidh and donated funds - I can't believe she's raised as much as she has.

"It's also inspired other people to do the same, so hopefully it raises awareness of the charity, especially with people who like us didn't know it existed."

The family are also keen to thank local baker Sophie Karen Mckellar, who donated cupcakes to Eilidh as a treat to acknowledge her efforts.

Dad Steven added: "It was very kind of Sophie to do that, we had wanted to get her something special for the day, so it was lovely of her to do it for free.

"I think I was more worried about it than Eilidh - she handled it all so well and was really excited.

"We're all really proud of her."

To donate to Eilidh's fundraiser, visit bit.ly/3eblK8o