Sisters Ammarah and Zarah Iqbal are to stage a charity ball.

And they have a very special reason for doing so in their home town.

For their mother is battling cancer for a second time.

The Waterloo pair are holding a ball for Cancer Research UK at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, on September 19 (7.30pm).

Their mother Shameem, 43, had a mastectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago.

Mrs Iqbal, a former shop assistant at Sainsbury’s, Shorehead was given the all-clear five years ago.

But a tumour was found near her shoulder in February.

Ammarah, 15, and Zarah, 17, sprung into action organising a ball and canvassing for sponsors and raffle prizes.

Zarah, who attends Greenhead College, said: “When mum was diagnosed 10 years ago the charity did a lot for my mum and we just wanted to give something back.

“The ball seemed like a good idea; everyone is interested in dressing up.”

Ammarah, a pupil of King James’s School, Almondbury, said: “It’s been really exciting organising it and it’s for a good cause so it’s even better.”

Their dad Zaf, 45, added how proud he was of his daughters.

Mr Iqbal, a software developer, said: “When they came up with the idea I said yes and that I’d help them in any way I could.”

The ball includes a three-course dinner, raffle, auction and DJ.

For tickets (£25) or to donate prizes email: