A mother and two daughters who vowed to give up their hair for charity have finally had their locks cut off.

Seven-year-old Keisha Kerai who attends Wood End Academy and her sister Deeyani, five, in year one at Wood End Infants, Northolt, had their ponytails snipped off by their father Sailesh Kerai during an assembly at Keisha’s school last Tuesday (December 17).

Mother, Shila Kerai, 33, a School Meal Supervisory Assistant (SMSA) at Wood End Infants in Whitton Avenue West, also sacrificed her long hair to make money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

The three of them have raised nearly £1,700 so far and are hoping to reach the £2,000 mark.

The minimum requirement for donations is seven inches and together the Kerais have donated 41 inches.

 

Mrs Kerai said her girls were smiling throughout the whole process and are now enjoying their new looks.

She said: “Deeyani said to me ‘mummy we are going to make so many children happy this Christmas.’

“The assembly was special; there was a brass band performing Christmas songs and they played the DVD that the charity sent over so all the kids could understand what it was about.

“My husband cut the hair and then we went to a hairdressers later to sort it out. It felt like a family thing. My husband took the day off work and my mum and two of my sisters were able to come support us.”

The 33-year-old added: “All the kids did a count down, the atmosphere was brilliant. They were able to appreciate how you can help someone just by giving hair.

“The academy have been very supportive throughout. It was their idea to hold a special assembly and it was an eye opener for many.”

People can still donate to the cause at www.justgiving.com/Princesses-Keisha-Deeyani.