At an assembly in early December our pupils witnessed how the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to children with hair loss could be helped, when PE Teacher, Kerry McNaughton, and S1 pupil, Ella Hopley, had their hair cut in front of them.
Inspired by what was a very moving demonstration of how they could help, two members of staff and 12 pupils (from Primary 6, S4, S5 and S6) followed in Mrs McNaughton and Ella’s footsteps on the last day of term, a charity own-clothes day raising money for the DEC Ebola appeal in the Senior School.
To be made into a real hair wig hair needs to be at least 7 inches long in a ponytail.
Clearly with so many volunteers, we needed a bit of hairdressing help, and students from Edinburgh College’s VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Course were kind enough to come in to help, as part of a series of community engagement events for good causes across the city. They cut off the ponytails in front of the whole Senior School, before going off and providing each volunteer with hairstyles to take them into their holidays.
Currently 16 other GWC pupils are growing their hair with a view to making further donations to this worthwhile cause on Charities’ Day in June.