A six-year-old girl spent two years growing her hair so she could donate it to children with cancer.

She is only six-years-old and 4ft tall, but Freya Thurlow has made a massive donation of 15 inches of hair, which will be turned into a wig to help children whose hair has fallen out from cancer treatment.

Dorset Echo: Freya donated a massive 15 inches of her locksFreya donated a massive 15 inches of her locks

The youngster, who attends Bovington Academy, spent more than two years growing her hair so that she could make a huge donation to the Little Princess Trust.

Describing the moment, Freya said: "I was a bit excited and a bit nervous but I really wanted to help children with cancer because the medicine they take makes their hair fall out.

"I really like my new hair, I think it makes me look grown up."

Freya finally had her Rapunzel-style locks chopped off by a local hairdresser during a school assembly in front of her classmates.

Freya’s proud mum Louise Regan said: "Freya has always been a very empathetic child. We are a family that talks about things and when we explained what the cancer treatment does, Freya said she wanted to support the Little Princess Trust.

"I am extremely proud of Freya. She’s an absolute champ and she took it all in her stride.

"She’s quite a shy child and it’s been lovely to see her overcome that by doing something so public."

A spokesperson for the Little Princess Trust said: "We think that Freya is absolutely amazing. To donate such a lot of hair at such a young age is a huge achievement.

"We are desperate for hair donations that are 12 inches or longer, as these lengths are used to make our longer hair wigs.

"Four inches of hair can be used in the knotting process when a wig is made. So a seven-inch long hair donation would result in a three-inch long wig. There is significantly greater demand for long wigs yet the longer hair donations are the rarest that we receive.

"For Freya to have committed to growing her hair from the age of four, until she was in a position to donate 15-inches of beautiful hair, is simply incredible and she should feel very proud of herself. We are hugely grateful for her support."

In addition to donating her hair, Freya also raised £500 for the charity with 'name the fuzzy fox' and 'guess the number of sweets in a jar' competitions.

Sharon Reddyhoff, assistant principal at Bovington Academy, said: "Freya’s gesture is an absolutely lovely thing to do and a great act of kindness. For a little girl to think of wanting to help children who have lost their hair through illness, I hope she inspires other young people to think of ways they can help other people."