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Hair-obsessed Stratford pupil cuts off locks for charity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018

Aliza Ali with mum Sakina, dad Azmat and brother Shazad. Picture: Ken Mears

Aliza Ali with mum Sakina, dad Azmat and brother Shazad. Picture: Ken Mears

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A 10-year-old from Stratford has chopped off her locks for charity.

Aliza Ali just before she cuts her hair and donates it to the Little Princess Trust charity. Picture: Ken MearsAliza Ali just before she cuts her hair and donates it to the Little Princess Trust charity. Picture: Ken Mears

Aliza Ali, who lives in Stratford High Street, is obsessed with trying new hairstyles, but when she noticed hers falling out, she began thinking about cancer patients and their journeys with hair loss.

At the Rush salon in Westfield, Aliza took the plunge and cut off 40cm, donating the hair, and the money raised, to charity.

“She loves doing different styles with her hair,” said mum Sakina Ali.

“When she started using curlers and straighteners, she started dropping a lot of her hair. It triggered her thinking about cancer patients losing their hair, and she decided it was something she wanted to do.”

Aliza Ali had the chop at the Rush salon in Westfield in Stratford. Picture: Ken MearsAliza Ali had the chop at the Rush salon in Westfield in Stratford. Picture: Ken Mears

“It made me feel really sad,” Aliza added.

“I wanted others to be able to style their hair like I enjoy doing.”

Aliza, who goes to Chobham Academy, had been thinking about the chop for months, but two weeks ago, she finally decided to start fundraising. With the help of her mum, she set up a Justgiving page, and donations started pouring in. Within a week she had almost £300 of her £650 target.

She was helped by her mum’s colleagues from the Met Police, her dad’s colleagues from Royal Mail, and schoolfriends, who gave her £24 on the first day of fundraising.

Aliza Ali after the cut, which saw her get 40cm inches taken off. Picture: Ken MearsAliza Ali after the cut, which saw her get 40cm inches taken off. Picture: Ken Mears

“When she set up the page and the funds started coming in, she was really pleased and wouldn’t stop checking it,” Sakina said.

“It encouraged her and boosted her confidence that peope were actually donating.”

Speaking before the cut, Aliza said she was feeling the pressure, and Sakina admitted it might come as a shock.

She said: “I’m very nervous because I have had long hair for a long time. But I am looking forward to trying out new styles with my shorter hair.

“I just wanted to do a good thing for other people, no matter how much money I raise.”

The money and hair will go to Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free wigs made from real hair to young people who’ve lost their own.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Aliza-ali.

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