A HAIRDRESSER who has been unable to work since December is gearing up to take on a challenge to raise awareness and money for a cause close to her heart.
Elle Field, from Bedhampton in Hampshire, will be running 10km, cycling 10 miles and swimming in the sea for 10 minutes on Saturday, February 13, all of which to raise money for Mind.
The 23-year-old salon owner is taking on the challenge to show support to people who are struggling with the pressures of lockdown.
She said: ‘Through what we can all agree has been the toughest year yet, I’d love to make a contribution to supporting our community. Unfortunately, no one knows what’s going on in someone else’s mind, so let’s share support where possible.
‘I believe we all know someone who is suffering with their mental health, especially people in my industry who have been unable to work or earn money for so long. The beauty industry has been hit hard and I know a lot of people have been struggling.
‘I’m going to take this time to make a difference in a way that’s still sticking to government guidelines and, although we won’t be able to connect in person, hopefully this will connect us all at the heart.
‘Mind is such an amazing charity that helps people, so I wanted to do my bit to help out. I hope this helps people in need.’
Elle, who runs her own salon, Elle’s Salon in Bedhampton, undertook a course in mental Heath Studies for Acknowledging Behaviour, Burnouts and Depression in January, which inspired her to do something to make a change.
She set up a Just Giving page and set herself a target to make £500 before the event, but has already over doubled her goal and raised £1230 (might change).
She said: ‘I’m overwhelmed to have already raised so much, especially during tough times it’s amazing to see how much people have dug deep and been selfless enough to give what they have to support others. I’m extremely grateful.
‘It’s so important to look after your mind, as you can’t escape it.’
Other local businesses are also coming together to support Elle, including Positive Juice, Gymbuddy and Riovitalise, which are all sponsoring her.
Gymbuddy has provided clothing for the challenge, while Positive Juice will be selling products in Southsea on the day and donating profits to Mind.
Riovitalise will donate profits from £1 from all of its ‘Valentines’ smoothies sold throughout February.
People can donate to Elle at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellessalon?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=ellessalon&utm_campaign=pfp-sms&utm_term=ec7bd011b1b74341aa21023212430339