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Seven-year-old from South Croydon cuts her hair to give to children with cancer

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A seven-year-old has had her hair cut off to make wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer.

Anaika Barot, from Purley, had hair down to her hips before Sunday when she had 14 inches of it cut off. She has also raised over £1000 for the Little Princess Trust, who give free, real-hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Each wig needs at least seven inches of hair and costs £350, so Anaika has donated enough to make two wigs.

She had her hair cut by a family friend in the Windmill pub in South Croydon, where her parents are landlords.

She said: "I was scared to be in front of all the people but I wasn't nervous to cut my hair. I was excited even when it wasn't time I wanted to do it that instant.

"I'm happy because I cut it for children with cancer and my mum thinks it's a perfect style for me. Now I can style my hair by myself because it was very knotty.

"I'm helping someone because if I just cut my hair normally it wouldn't go to anyone it wouldn't help anyone but me and there's nothing wrong with me.

"It makes me feel to cry for good and it makes me very happy."

Around 50 of Anaika's friends and family and regular customers at the pub came to watch her have her hair chopped.

She put up posters and set up a table in the pub to encourage people to sponsor her, and they watched a video about the Little Princess Trust before the haircut.

Her mum Dipti Barot said: "It was brilliant she was on top of the moon. There was a really good atmosphere and the customers were tearing up, she was brilliant and the rest of us were going to pieces. I can't put in to words how I am of her.

Now Anaika hopes to be able to meet or write a letter to the child who receives the wig made from her hair.

Seven-year-old from South Croydon cuts her hair to give to children with cancer


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