A 9-year-old girl had 17 inches of her long locks chopped off to raise money for charity.

Nell Vaul, from Ickenham, was inspired by singer Jessie J's head shave for Comic Relief, and last week followed in the pop star's footsteps.

            

Brave Nell, who is in year four at Glebe Primary School in Sussex Road, Ickenham, had her ponytail cut off at KJM Salon in Ickenham Road, West Ruislip on Wednesday last week (July 16).

It has been sent to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss.

"Nell is extremely happy with her new style and we are so proud of her," said her mum, Karen Vaul.

The inspirational youngster managed to raise £1,800 for the trust, despite breaking her arm halfway through her fundraising.

She had her plaster cast taken off just hours before her hair appointment.

But the accident brought with it another fundraising opportunity.

"The staff at Hillingdon Hospital fracture clinic raised £193 in sponsors," said Karen.

"This was because of a random remark when she first went to the hospital about how lovely and long her hair was.

"Nell just said she was having it cut off, and when asked why, she said it was for a charity that helps children who lose their hair.

"The nurse asked my husband to bring a sponsor form in when Nell went back for a check up then on Wednesday they were given the money, how kind is that."

Macmillan Cancer Support's Shave or Style campaign, which launched on Saturday, July 19, has inspired lots of people to make a dramatic change to their hair style for charity.

In May, two cousins from Hayes cut off their tresses for Cancer Research UK.

And a whole family from Hanworth had their heads shave in support of a relative suffering with bowel cancer.

Nell's JustGiving page is still open for anyone else who would like to donate.

To donate, see: justgiving.com/Nell-Vaul/