The closure of salons during Covid lockdown may have been a nightmare for those experiencing a ‘bad hair day’...but caring Helen Kiley spotted an opportunity to do some good.

As her brown locks continued to grow, Helen decided they could be put to good use by eventually donating them to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children and young people with cancer.

Now she has had 12 inches snipped off and donated as plaits for the worthy cause, as well as raising almost £500 in sponsorship along the way.

And among Helen’s biggest supporters were children at Carlibar Nursery, in Barrhead, where she works as an early years practitioner.

The donated hair will help children who have cancerHelen Kiley with children at Carlibar Nursery

The mum-of-two told the Barrhead News: “When we were in lockdown, the first one, you couldn’t get to the hairdressers. My hair grows really fast, so when the salons opened, I just thought ‘I’m going to keep growing it and then give it away.’ “The kids in the nursery were all very excited about it.”

Helen, 44, let her locks grow for 20 months, keeping them healthy with regular trims and special conditioner.

Last month, however, it was time to visit her hairdresser, Laura Runciman, in Clarkston.

She then posted a video on social media platform TikTok to show off her new look – much to the delight of the Carlibar kids.

Helen said: “When they came in the next day, they were just chatting to me as normal and then, suddenly, they asked ‘where’s your hair?’ “They keep asking to see the video.”

An online fundraiser set up by Helen has coined in £470 so far, which will be put to good use by the Little Princess Trust.

“I’m delighted because I researched it and it costs £500 to £550 to make a wig for one of the little girls and I’m nearly there,” Helen added. “I’m sure it will make a difference.”

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, founder of the Little Princess Trust, praised Helen for her “fantastic support.”

She said: “The fact Helen has not only donated her long locks but also fundraised for us will be a huge help as we continue to provide wigs to young people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions such as alopecia.

“We know from speaking to the children who receive our wigs just how much they can boost confidence but we can only provide this free service thanks to supporters like Helen.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-kiley4.