Singh sisters the mane attraction
Siblings raise £5000 for children’s charities
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