A swift chop for Aibgail

Seven-year-old Abilgail Da Prato from Newton Stewart took a brave, eight-inch step at the weekend.

The kind-hearted youngster decided to chop off her long locks in aid of The Little Princess Trust, a wig-making company for children suffering hairloss through cancer treatment, and booked into Newton Stewart salon, Snips, for the chop on Saturday.

Stylist Kirsty McDowall did the deed and helped sculpt Abigail into an image of her favourite popstar, Taylor Swift, who also sports short locks.

Abilgail’s mum, Alice, said her daughter had decided to have her hair cut before hearing about the charity, and then decided to go ahead and donate after getting the idea from a friend’s big sister who recently offered her own hair up for the cause.

Alice said: “I looked into this and found out that in order to donate hair it has to be at least 10 inches long which is quite a bit shorter than she initially intended. When I mentioned it to her she said she definitely wanted to donate the hair so wanted to cut it as short as this would allow.”

The Little Princess Trust sends the suitable hair donations away to a factory to be blended with five other donations which make one wig, which are then used by children undergoing cancer treatment in the UK.