Lucy sheds her locks for charity

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A teenager who battled eating disorders went under the razor to raise money and awareness for a charity which helped her.

Lucy Irons, 15, from Stanwick, had her head shaved at The Globe pub last Saturday, December 17, and has so-far raised more than £800 for Beat, the UK’s leading charity for eating disorders.

Lucy’s dad, Kevin Irons, said: “Lucy has suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for a couple of years.

“The illness has a high mortality rate and can affect males and females of all ages, however as with many illnesses early recognition and intervention is vital for a better chance of a positive outcome.”

“Lucy has spent four months in a psychiatric hospital this year, and has attended endless appointments and sessions with specialist eating disorder professionals.

“Lucy is ‘in recovery’ and has still a way to go, but from being bedridden, then restricted to a wheelchair, to now coaching and resuming her gymnastics she is a great role model.

“Her view is that if she can help one person, then it has all been worth the sacrifice.”

Lucy had set herself a fundraising target of £500 but smashed that tally.

Mr Irons added: “Lucy would like to express her thanks to everyone who has donated and to Carina Henderson who gave up her time to do the shave.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beatingED or in person to GiftsMade4u giftshop in Brook Street, Raunds.