12:40pm Wednesday 27th June 2012
By Hannah Williamson
A Selsdon doctor celebrated her 39th birthday by chopping off her locks to raise money for charity.
Dr Neera Jaitly, a GP at Farley Medical Practice, has raised nearly £2,000 for The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
As well as the cash donation, Dr Jaitly has also sent the charity 22 inches of her hair, which will be used to be make children's wigs.
Before undergoing the chop, Dr Jaitly who lives in Wallington, said: "I haven't had my hair cut in about five years, I have two children and just haven't had a chance to get it cut.
"My children have only known me with long hair and my son holds my hair to go to sleep.
"If he wakes in the night I give him the ends of my hair to hold, that's how he knows mummy is there, so I am a bit worried he is going to miss it."
Helen Boxall, one of Dr Jaitly patients cut her hair at Ghost hair designers in Lower Addiscombe Road.
Dr Jaitly added: "It was nice having my hair cut by somebody I know as I was nervous. I thought I would do it on my birthday because if I didn't like it I would still have the rest of the day to enjoy.
"Before I was a general practitioner I worked in paediatrics so I know how much cancer treatment affects children.
"The Little Princess Trust is a wonderful charity not many people know about, I hope people remember it the next time they want to cut their hair."
To sponsor Dr Jaitly visit justgiving.com/neera-jaitly
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