I first met Anna seven years ago, at the start of secondary school and since then, she has become one of my best friends who I love dearly.
In Year 10, Anna told me she had alopecia, this was something that she had hidden for a long time. Telling me this was a massive step for her as it was something that had made her feel very low and self conscious and had never really confided in friends before.
Over the past few years, I have seen her grow so much as a person and her bravery, courage and kindness never fails to make me proud. Seeing her go through everything with such strength; it really made me want to do something.
So, to raise awareness and, of course money, for an incredible charity (which I know Anna and her family love) is my way of a) giving back to a charity that have helped my best friend so much and b) push the message that I know Anna advocates, that people don't need hair to be beautiful! Anna certainly doesn't, she is gorgeous with and without!
Bring on March!
Alopecia UK is a small registered charity working hard to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia. The charity has aims of Support, Awareness and Research. A diagnosis of alopecia can make you feel like your world has been turned upside down. It can impact on relationships, work and social life. Many can find it difficult to go out in public to begin with, or even look in a mirror. Alopecia UK is here to help people at this difficult time. The charity is run by people who have direct experience of alopecia and know how it feels.