Young dancer Robyn McMillan is helping children undergoing cancer treatment in two very different, but equally welcome, ways.
She has had her waist-length hair cut off to make a wig for a child. And her hair was so long, that the hairdresser AC Styling in North Berwick, managed to cut two lengths of 18-inches, and two of 15-inches.
Robyn also wanted to raise £350, the amount the Little Princess Trust needs to turn donated hair into a wig - but she has already raised well over £1400!
Robyn (12) is at Forth Primary School, but due to move to Carluke High after the summer holidays.
She is a very keen dancer and trains with the Lynne Hamilton School of Dance in Forth. Highland dancing is her main passion. She competes at the highest level (Premier) and travels all over Scotland and at times England and Ireland to compete.
At the weekend, straight after her haircut, she won the under 16 age group at the Lanark Lanimers confined championship and will represent Lanarkshire at next year’s regional finals at the Highland and Islands Music and Dance festival in Oban.
Her successes last year included that same honour, and winning the SDTA scholarship event, taking third place in the European Championships and - her greatest achievement - placing 5th in the Scottish Open Championship at Cowal.
She has been involved in numerous Highland dancing displays, including appearing at Glasgow Green during the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and last week she performed for Europe day in George Square, Glasgow.
Robyn had never had her hair cut before. But she became interested in hair donation, reading stories in the Gazette and elsewhere about other people donating their hair. After checking the Little Princess Trust website she decided that she would like to get her hair cut and donate it to this charity
“Her main motive for donating her hair is simply to assist other children who, through illness, have lost their hair,” said Dad Ian. “Robyn says her hair will grow back.”
Her online donations page is still open at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/robynmcmillanchopforcharity.