A BRAVE Evesham teenager has helped raise £700 for charity after shaving her head in the town centre.
Louise Buchan, from Bengeworth, had 12 inches of her hair cut off as part of a challenge for the National Citizen Service (NCS), a government organisation which aims to help young people build skills for their future in the working world.
As part of a group of 21 participants working to raise money for homeless charity Caring Hands, the 16-year-old decided to have her long locks chopped and donated to the Little Princess Trust, whilst some of the boys in the group had their legs waxed.
Mayor of Evesham Coun Fred Kaler, along with the Mayoress Coun Sue Amor were on hand to make the first snip.
Louise said: “It went really well. I turned 16 whilst I was getting my head shaved and everyone was singing happy birthday. It all got very emotional.
“I chose to have my hair shaved off because I wanted to show the local community that anything is possible while raising money and awareness for the many unseen homeless people in Evesham and the unfortunate young people that lose their hair due to cancer and other illnesses.”
Louise, who delivers the Observer in the Bengeworth area, used the £700 total with her NCS group to buy toiletries, plastic plates, tin-openers and more to fill backpacks for people who are sleeping rough.
“You don’t always see where your money goes, so instead of donating the money we bought items for the backpacks and handed them to Caring Hands at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre,” she said.
“It felt good to help. Although you don’t see many homeless people in Evesham I have learned from people with more experience than myself that there are a large amount of unnoticed people struggling.
“I would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress, Vicki Baker (the hairdresser from The Hair Hub that shaved my hair), NCS for providing young people like me with the opportunity to make the most of their summer and Diane Bennett from Caring Hands who helped us understand how their charity helps the homeless.”
Visit www.facebook.com/ncshomelessandhairless and visit www.chands.org.uk for more information and to donate.