A KIND-HEARTED youngster has her long locks chopped so they can be used to make wigs for children with cancer and other illnesses where treatment leads to them losing their hair.
It was three-year-old Siya Kotecha’s first cut with the hair being donated to the Little Princess Trust.
Siya is three and lives in Barston in Solihull after being adopted from India 20 months ago.
The fund-raising idea started when Siya’s dad Rakesh came home from having his hair cut and she said she wanted hers chopped too.
They asked her if she wanted to do something special with her first cut and she agreed.
The family then had three weeks to raise funds for the charity and, after setting a target of £250, have now got almost £1,500.
Siya had the cut at Toni and Guy in Solihull on Monday.
Rakesh said: “It’s been brilliant – I want to say a big thank you to all our family and friends who have been so generous with their donations.
“Siya was so excited to have her hair cut and afterwards knowing she had done something good to help others.”
In 2017, the Kotechas decided they wanted to have another child but Trushali’s first pregnancy – with son Anay – had been problematic.
So they decided to adopt a child in need and that wish came true in 2019 when Siya arrived.
The family has their own blog and have had a book published about going through the adoption process.
Siya – Our Adoption Journey, available from Amazon for £14.99, takes the reader through Trushali and Rakesh’s deeply personal experience of the process and offers anyone considering adoption some valuable insights.
It also details their own emotional journey through each important stage, including their choice of inter-country adoption from India, and answers a lot of important questions about what the wait for a child is really like.
It explains that being approved is only part of the process and it can sometimes feel like adoption is all about paperwork and not children.
Mostly though, the book is about hope and the possibilities that life can bring to everyone.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rakesh-kotecha to donate to Siya’s fund-raiser.