Crawley Down Teenager Braves A Shave For Mental Health Charity
An A-Level student from Crawley Down has had a close shave to raise money for a mental health charity by going under a set of clippers as part of a sponsored head shave for MIND, a charity which offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and campaigns for better mental health.
The thought of a head shave might be a hair-raising prospect for many, however, for one Crawley Down teenager, Holly-Mae Robinson, 16, the challenge was one that she could make the cut and raise much-needed money for a charity close to her heart, and one which is working hard to support mental health.
A-Level student, Holly-Mae, who studies drama and photography decided to brave the shave for MIND, a mental health charity, founded in 1946 and whose president is Stephen Fry, motivated after experiencing her own health challenges.
Holly-Mae, speaking about her head shave where the teen lost her locks, she says: “I chose to shave my hair as a fundraiser as I felt it was going to be the hardest thing to do personally.
I felt that a fundraiser would make me the most vulnerable so it would help me raise lots of money for the charity MIND.”
According to MIND, around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem or challenge each year, whilst in England alone, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression any given week during a year.
Holly-Mae adds: “I chose MIND to fundraise for as I have struggled with multiple mental health conditions and have had to take various medications. Mental health is still stigmatised even with the advances we as a society have made so I felt bringing awareness to MIND was also vital.”
The charity head shave has seen Holly-Mae raise £475 for MIND, beating her target of £300 which she set herself on the onset of the challenge to support those who need help to meet the day-to-day challenges associated with mental health conditions affecting millions of people across the country.
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For more information about Holly-Mae’s fundraising and to contribute to her crowdfunding site where she has already raised more than £475, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/holly-mae-robinson
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For more information about mental health, and the support services available from the NHS, visit: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/. For more information about the charity MIND and its work nationwide supporting mental health programmes, visit: www.mind.org.uk