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Caring school girl from Keighley donates her hair to charity

A 7-year-old girl from Keighley has chopped off her locks to donate to a wig-making charity for children with cancer.

A generous and kind-hearted little girl from Keighley has donated her hair and raised over £200 for charity.

Anaiyah Sadiq is seven and in Year Two at Ingrow Primary School in Keighley.

Anaiyah had long locks before she donated her hair to charity.

Before Christmas, with the blessing of her mum Elise Metcalfe, little Anaiyah decided that she will chop off her luscious brown locks to donate to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer and other conditions such as Alopecia.

The little girl who enjoys riding her horse Dollar in her spare time cut her hair on Friday with the help of a local hairdresser, Charlotte Horton.

Anaiyah donated bundles of hair 13 inches in length and her hairdresser cut her new do into a fashionable bob style.

The schoolgirl said: “I wanted to cut my hair so that I could give it to little children that don’t have hair. I thought of the idea myself. I wasn’t nervous and I was happy to do it.”

She added: “I’m proud of myself and I will do it again when my hair grows a bit longer.”

Anaiyah’s hair before her hair cut.

Anaiyah’s mum, Elise, said: “I’m so proud of her. You wouldn’t expect a little girl of her age to cut her hair off like that and she did it. Anaiyah came to me before Christmas about it and we had a talk about it, and I was happy for her to go ahead with it.

“Family and friends have been so generous, donating money to the cause. They are shocked but so proud that she donated her hair charity.”

When not doing schoolwork or riding her horse, Anaiyah also loves to spend time with her brother, Haaris, who is two years old.

Anaiyah’s hairdresser, Charlotte Horton said: “I am so glad that I was able to help Anaiyah donate her hair to such a wonderful cause.

Anaiyah with the hair she donated.

“I am so proud of Anaiyah for donating and raising some money for a very special charity The Little Princess Trust.  Anyone else wanting to donate I can pass on the details!”

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, the founder of The Little Princess Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Anaiyah for thinking of our charity.

“Her support means we can continue to provide real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people at a very difficult time in their lives.

“We know our wigs help to restore the confidence and identity of the young recipients, but we can only provide this service thanks to the selfless acts from supporters like Anaiyah.”

The Little Princess Trust donates approximately 150 wigs per month to children who request them free of charge. They usually cost around £550 to make, fit and style each wig, which is why fundraising is as vital as hair donation.

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