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Schoolgirl Alysa has hair cut in assembly to donate plaits to cancer charity

Hair will be made into wigs by Little Princess Trust

20 July, 2017 — By Richard Osley

Rihab Adel cutting daughter Alysa at Christ Church School

NINE-YEAR-OLD Alysa Shahin was the bravest girl in class on Friday when she volunteered to have her long brown hair cut short in aid of a children’s cancer charity.

Her plaits will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which uses donations to make wigs for youngsters undergoing treatment.

Only her mother, Rihab Adel, stopped her from going as short as her twin brother Adam, after she said she wanted to. “She’s been so brave and I’m so proud of her,” said Ms Adel. “She has been asking to do this again and again, and I finally agreed, but I had to draw the line when she said she wanted the same cut as Adam.”


Mother and daughter agreed on a bob – and Ms Adel did the haircut herself at the front of the weekly assembly at Christ Church primary school in Redhill Street, Regent’s Park.

Three long plaits will now go to the Trust, which provides wigs made of real hair to sick children. Christ Church headteacher Paula Aitcheson-Walker said it was the first time there had been an assembly of this kind at the school and that “Alysa is today showing what a kind, thoughtful girl she is – I’m proud of her wanting to do this to help others”.


Alysa, who had been growing her hair for two years, told fellow pupils how she was also being sponsored for the cut to raise money for the Goodwill Caravan charity and the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund after learning about the hardships faced by refugees.

Readers can help Alysa raise more money by visiting her Just Giving sponsorship page at: https:/

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