TWO recently qualified Alloa hairdressers are celebrating their certificates with a gruelling charity challenge.

College pals Yvonne Harrison and Siobhan Hearns have teamed up to raise as much as they can for the Little Princess Trust by taking on the around 23mile Glasgow Kiltwalk this weekend.

To help raise some funds for the sponsored event, the duo was at Tesco in Alloa over Easter Saturday and Sunday, offering face painting, glitter strands, plaits, twists and more to shoppers who happened by.

The drive netted just under £162 and adds to Yvonne’s previously collected £190, which came from generous family and friends.

Yvonne explained to the Advertiser: “We’ve qualified now and we wanted to celebrate that by doing something for charity.”

Having completed a City & Guilds Certificate in Hairdressing Level 2 at Forth Valley College, the Little Princess Trust was an obvious choice for the pair.

The charity provides real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions.

Donating money helps the trust provide its wigs free of charge as it receives no formal funding.

Others locals and especially young people have in the past, often as seen in the Advertiser, gone for the chop to give away their long locks and improve the lives of those less fortunate.

The event at the weekend was “brilliant” said Yvonne, who thanked everyone wo donated and Tesco for lending the space.

Thanks also go to Yvonne’s daughter Casey Fergusson for helping out with her mum jokingly adding: “She helped me all day on Saturday, I thought I was doing great with face painting but she came in and blew me right out of the water.”

Yvonne was delighted with the sum raised on the day, explaining: “I wasn’t expecting it, it was amazing.”

She and Siobhan are now gearing up for the gruelling Glasgow Kiltwalk, where they will be taking on the Mighty Stride, billed as the ultimate experience.

Those taking part will be setting off from Glasgow Green this Sunday, April 28, with the route finishing at Moss O’ Balloch Park at Loch Lomond.

It will be a tough challenge, Yvonne adding: “But it’s a good cause so that should egg me on.”