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Seven-year-old cuts hair for charity

28 January, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Lily Loyas from Somers Town after the chop

 

A seven-year-old from Somers Town has lopped off her luscious locks for the first time – to raise funds for charity, writes Helen Chapman.

Lily Loyas from Edith Neville Primary School has chopped off her hair and sent it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children with hair loss.

She had the idea after hearing one of her sister’s friends had suffered from cancer at the age of 11.

Ravea Khatun, Lily’s mother, said: “Last year my eldest daughter Zara donated her hair to the Princess Trust and when Lily heard why, she wanted to get involved too.”

Zara, 12, had a friend from school who one day stopped turning up to lessons. Ms Khatun said: “When Zara next saw him, he had no hair and wires coming out of his nose. She started asking questions. I explained he had cancer but he is getting treatment and he will be OK. She is very caring. She started asking ‘is there anything we can do?’”

Twenty-eight centimetres of Lily’s hair were carefully plaited before being given the chop last week at Shampoo Hair Salon in Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill.

 

Lily’s hair before the chop

 

She said: “I wanted to give my hair to another person who doesn’t have hair and in the summer I feel too hot.”

A spokeswoman from the Little Princess Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Lily has donated twenty-eight centimetres of gorgeous hair to The Little Princess Trust.

“It’s such a brave decision to cut off a lot of hair but we are hugely grateful as we can use Lily’s locks to make real hair wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair as a result of cancer treatment or other medical conditions.

“Receiving a wig has a profoundly positive effect on those we assist. Thank you, Lily.”

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