A young fundraiser from the Swansea Valley has taken to the hot seat to raise money for a children’s charity.

Jodie Riddell, from Pontardawe, is donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust and is hoping to raise funds along the way.

The 10-year-old, who had been growing her locks since July last year, decided to sign up for the good deed after a family member was diagnosed with leukaemia and learning that a lot of children are suffering a form of illness that makes them lose their hair in her area.

Mum Carla Riddell said: “She has been passionate about finding a way to donate to help young people with hair loss.

“She believes that no little girl or boy should have to lose their hair so she thought she’d give some of hers.

“My cousin’s son was diagnosed with leukaemia, who has now recovered, which is when Jodie started asking questions, but hearing the local stories made her passion even stronger.”

Jodie had 13 inches cut off to send to the charity after having her hair cut at her grandparents’ home in Garnant by mobile hairdresser Ceri Williams last Friday.

Carla added: “We would like to thank our hairdresser Ceri who cut Jodie’s hair free of charge.

“She was quite emotional when her hair was being chopped, but we are all proud of her.”

Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

The charity has given away nearly 5,000 free wigs.

You can provide a donation to help Jodie’s hair be made into a wig by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/Jodie-Riddell