Year 2 student Rhyleigh Cockerill cut her thigh-length hair to raise money for Variety

HAIR RAISING: A happy Ryleigh pictured after the big chop. She managed to raise $2300 and donate her hair to be made into a wig for cancer and alopecia sufferers.

HAIR RAISING: A happy Ryleigh pictured after the big chop. She managed to raise $2300 and donate her hair to be made into a wig for cancer and alopecia sufferers.

An Abermain Holy Spirit Infants student used her head and her heart recently to make an important charitable contribution.

Year 2 student Rhyleigh Cockerill cut her thigh-length hair to raise money for Variety. She had been growing her locks for the past four years for Variety's Hair with Heart project.

Her hair will be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to medical conditions such as alopecia or cancer. These conditions have personally touched Rhyleigh and her family and she wanted to make a difference for the brave girls and boys battling them.

Her mum, Mel, spent hours washing, drying and straightening Rhyleigh's hair, in preparation to turn it into a wig. Rhyleigh was aiming to raise $2000 for Variety but exceeded this goal, raising just over $2300.