Singh sis­ters the mane at­trac­tion

Si­b­lings raise £5000 for chil­dren’s char­i­ties

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Two big- hearted Blairhill sis­ters raised thou­sands and sup­ported two char­i­ties as they staged a “Big Chop” of their long hair.

Anya and Nyla Singh each had 15 inches of their sig­na­ture long locks cut – to do­nate their hair to the Lit­tle Princess Trust, and their re­mark­able amount of spon­sor­ship and do­na­tions to the Schiehal­lion ward at the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren.

They were in­spired to sup­port the two good causes af­ter see­ing a young fam­ily friend re­ceive can­cer treat­ment at the Glas­gow hospi­tal; and went on to smash their orig­i­nal am­bi­tious fundrais­ing tar­get af­ter be­com­ing so­cial me­dia stars to pro­mote their fundraiser.

Seven-year-old Anya and younger sib­ling Nyla, five, had their lengthy pig­tails cut off in front of an ex­cited au­di­ence of all their school­friends at a spe­cial Junior School as­sem­bly at Hamil­ton Col­lege.

Their ef­forts raised an in­cred­i­ble £ 5000 for the chil­dren’s hospi­tal, while a com­bined to­tal of 60 inches of hair plus £300 went to Lit­tle Princess, which cre­ates wigs from do­nated hair to be gifted to young­sters who have lost theirs due to can­cer treat­ment or other ill­nesses.

Proud Coat­bridge mum Les­ley told the Ad­ver­tiser: “Our fam­ily friend is re­mark­able and was a won­der­ful wee trooper, and we thought about how we could pos­si­bly give back to the hospi­tal for what they’d done for her.

“Both Anya and Nyla had such long hair and when we talked about this idea as we were think­ing about what we could do, they got re­ally ex­cited about it.

“We set up a fundrais­ing page on­line, and then we de­cided to add videos on Face­book, sug­gested by a friend who’s do­ing a mar­ket­ing de­gree.

“The first one had 10,000 hits; they got re­ally into it, telling the story in the videos of how they were do­ing this for their lit­tle friend, do­ing a count­down and even putting on ac­cents!

“We called it the ‘Singh sis­ters’ Big Chop’, and Hamil­ton Col­lege were fan­tas­tic, help­ing them by giv­ing leaflets to ev­ery pupil and with all the sup­port on the day it­self.”

She added: “We’d orig­i­nally hoped they could raise £ 2000 – I can’t be­lieve they’ve raised £5300, and it shows the power of so­cial me­dia.

“It’s a phe­nom­e­nal amount of money and to­tally over­whelm­ing; to see their on­line to­tal go­ing up and up con­stantly was amaz­ing.

“They’ve re­ceived cer­tifi­cates from the Lit­tle Princess Trust, and we’re plan­ning to get a big cheque and hand that over at the hospi­tal in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

The girls fi­nally had their hair cut at a busy school as­sem­bly, with fam­ily friend Evonne Napier, a hair­dresser, tak­ing on the task of cut­ting off their com­bined four pig­tails, each 15 inches long.

As well as be­ing cheered on by fel­low pupils and staff, Anya and Nyla were sup­ported on the day by par­ents Les­ley and Mino, younger brother As­ton, three, and grand­par­ents Kay and Dou­glas Miller.

Les­ley said: “It was quite emo­tional – not be­cause they were hav­ing their hair cut off, but be­cause we were so proud of them.

“They were able to have it done in front of the whole school, which was bril­liant – they sat with their backs to the au­di­ence so ev­ery­one could see and there was a big cheer as each pig­tail was cut off; they even had a drum roll!

“Both the girls love their short hair; it’s al­ready grow­ing re­ally quickly but they’ve said they’re not go­ing to have it long in the fu­ture; un­less they de­cide to grow it to do­nate to Lit­tle Princess once again.

“They’ve been so ex­cited about the whole thing and are de­lighted with what they’ve raised.”

Crown­ing glory Seven-year-old Anya (top) and Nyla (above) show off the hair they’re do­nat­ing

Sis­ter act Anya (left) and Nyla

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