Six friends of Northwood schoolgirl Kaiya Patel, who sadly died in January, are donating their hair and raising money for Little Princess Trust.
Mia, Anya, Anoushka, Siya, Radha and Amaya, who all go to St Helens school in Northwood, have raised over £7,000 for the charity at the time of writing.
Little Princess Trust, who helped Kaiya when she was ill, provides wigs to children with cancer to help them cope when they lose their hair.
The six girls, who range from five to six years of age, were inspired by Kaiya to help others and wanted to do something in her honour.
The heroic six-year-old tragically passed away after bravely fighting against the adenovirus she contracted after a transplant.
When speaking to Mia’s mum, Shruti Morjaria, she said: “The girls wanted to do something for Kaiya even before she passed but now we felt like this would be the best way as Kaiya got a wig from the trust when she was ill.
“Hair is a big thing to girls, especially at a young age, so the girls wanted to donate their hair to make other girls feel like princesses.
“The girls have been growing their hair for a long time now. One of the girls hasn’t cut her hair before, so we are hoping the donated hair makes six or more girls happy.”
The school friends, who cut their hair off at the start of the month, still expect Kaiya to walk through the door, said mum Shruti.
She explained: “It’s difficult with children as they don’t really understand she’s not coming back. They still kind of expect her to walk through the door.”
Kaiya’s friends are hoping to inspire others to donate their hair for the charity, just like Kaiya did when she got over 40,000 people to become potential life-savers.
Shruti added: “When you are cutting your children’s hair, parents should think about donating because it gives kids a little joy in a time when joy is hard to find.
“We are incredibly proud of our girls. There is no greater tribute to Kaiya and we are hoping it comforts the girls and Kaiya’s family.”
To donate to the girls JustGiving page, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/kaiyaswarriorprincesses