A schoolgirl who wants to make more people aware of mental health issues raised five times more than she hoped when she was sponsored to have her hair shaved off for charity.
Abby Dearden (17) took to You Tube to talk about her own struggles with anxiety and depression before taking on the challenge in front of staff and fellow pupils at MV16 in Melton.
Her target was £300 but she ended up raising more than £1,500, including an anonymous donation of £600 from a Melton Times reader who saw our article about Abby earlier this month.
Proceeds will be divided between Young Minds, an organisation which supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and Cancer Research UK, in memory of her sister Hannah, who died aged seven from a brain tumour.
Abby said she found it hard to lose the long flowing hair she had before but she said the final total raised was ‘fantastic’.
“It was extremely nerve-wracking having my head shaved but everybody was really lovely,” said Abby.
“The entire school was behind me and offering me support.
“People I had never spoken to before would come over just to talk to me in the week running up to it.
“As for my friends, I received a lot of hugs and I couldn’t walk down a corridor without somebody feeling my head.”
A You Tube video showing Abby’s hair being cut off in front of a large crowd at the school, has already been viewed over 2,000 times.
Her video where she bravely talks about her own mental health issues has had almost 1,500 online views.
Now she is having to get used to having short hair, adding: “There are times where I still try to scoop the hair out of the neck of my jumper when I put it on, only to find that there is no hair there.
“It just feels like it’s tied up all the time.
“But I can get out of the shower and it’s dry immediately which is definitely a pro.”