An inspirational schoolgirl is taking to the hot seat next month to raise money for two charities close to her heart.

Eight-year-old Amy Mercer from Betws is hoping to raise £500 for Ryan4Leukemia and Parkinson’s UK by having around 11-inches cut off her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which supplies and funds high quality wigs made of real hair to children who have hair loss as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses.

The Year 4 Ysgol Betws pupil decided to take part in the good deed to help her Nan who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Amy’s mum Sarah said: “Amy decided to cut her hair and raise money for charity on her own accord.

“Her hair is down to her hips and she’s just been having the heads cut so it will grow quicker.”

“We are all very proud of her. She is so excited and is looking forward to having a bob.

“She picked Parkinson’s UK for her nan and she wanted to find a local charity so I explained to her about Ryan4Leukemia and she decided she would split the money between the two.”

Ryan4Leukemia was set up in 2007 by Ammanford fundraising hero Ryan Davies, who lost his battle with leukemia in November 2016.

Ryan’s brother Nathan is now keeping his brother’s legacy alive by raising money for the charity.

Amy, who plays for Penybanc RFC u9s, said: “There isn’t a cure yet for Parkinson’s but raising money will help this to happen one day.

“If you would like to watch me have my hair cut I will live stream to Facebook or video record on the day.”

Amy will be having her hair cut at Creations Hair Salon in Betws on March 31.

If you would like to support Amy, you can donate by visiting