Debbie Davies, a member of staff at Great Northern’s Stevenage station, says she has said goodbye to her hair for a charity close to her heart.
In aid of the mental health charity, Mind, Debbie live-streamed herself on Facebook shaving her hair on the 2nd May she set a target to raise £200, however, she managed to raise £965
She said: “I’m absolutely shocked at the amount raised. I didn’t think I would get anywhere near £200. Rail users have sponsored me as well, so that’s really nice.”
Debbie is a 56-year-old lady who works on the ticket gate, said she is supporting Mind because it is a charity close to her heart as her own son has suffered PTSD after serving in the army and with the COVID pandemic there are a lot more mental health issues around.
Govia Thameslink Railway supports Mind’s charity.
Mum-of-four Debbie, who lives in Stevenage and has worked on the railway for six and a half years, said: “This is a charity close to my heart, representing a beacon of hope for people suffering during this difficult time and for those already managing mental health challenges. I was actually looking forward to having my head shaved; I wasn’t nervous. It’s a weird world at the moment, so it’s good to be able to do something positive. My husband has been very supportive, my daughter thinks I’m crazy, and my son joked that he would pay me not to do it!”
Stevenage Station Manager Marc Edwards said: “We’re really proud of Debbie for supporting Mind at such a crucial time, and we’re amazed at how much she has managed to raise.”
Mind Events Fundraising Manager Maria Khosla said: “We’re so grateful to Debbie for choosing to fundraise for Mind. We’re facing huge demand for our advice and information about staying well and looking after your mental health, as well as needing to support our local Minds to adapt their services and keep our Infoline and legal line running, so any donations raised make a difference to those of us experiencing a mental health problem.”
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