Two young sisters will be getting their ponytails chopped off to help children who have lost their hair.

Seven-year-old Keisha Kerai who attends Wood End Academy and her sibling Deeyani, five, in year one at Wood End Infants, Northolt, are both sacrificing their locks to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides wigs for girls and boys who have lost their hair through cancer treatment and the minimum requirement for donations is seven inches.

Mother, Shila Kerai, 33, said her daughters have beautiful straight hair that reaches the bottom of their backs and she could not see it go to waste.

Mrs Kerai, of Castle Road, Northolt, said: “I think the girls feel good that their hair will help other children.

“I have been saying to them they need to get it cut for a while but they have been refusing.

“I heard about donating hair to be made into wigs for kids, so I said to them what if it’s going to a good cause and helping other children.”

The 33-year-old, a School Meal Supervisory Assistant (SMSA) at Wood End Infants in Whitton Avenue West, said she thinks telling people about this has encouraged others to do the same, and that she is even thinking of getting her own hair cut for the cause.

Mrs Kerai hopes both her daughters’ schools will help with the fundraising before the scissors come out around Christmas time; the academy has already agreed to have a collection box.

She said she would like to watch the DVD sent by their charity of choice, which goes through personal stories, with her girls.

She said: “We have been looking at hairstyles of people walking past, but I’m thinking of the bob.”

Jessie J, international pop star, shaved her hair off in March for Comic Relief in support of the Little Princess Trust.

To find out more about the organisation see and to see the Just Giving page set up for the girls go to