21 year old Laura 'Wiggy' Turner from Sheerness, Kent, is hosting a Fun Day later this month to raise funds and awareness for Alopecia UK. We asked her to tell us all about it.....
Tell us about your Fun Day
The Fun Day is on Sunday 23rd August from 1pm until 6pm at Sheppey Sports Club, Queenborough Road, Sheerness, ME12 3DB. The day will include live music, raffle, stalls, childrens' rides, facepainting, ice cream van and bouncy castle! :-)
Has it been fun pulling everything together or has it been a lot of hard work?
I've really enjoyed putting it all together but i'm not going to lie, it has been hard work. But i've had lots of help and people have been so kind donating items for the raffle and helping advertise the event. I am hoping if it goes well, I might make it an annual thing!
Tell us a little about your own experience with alopecia
My own experience with Alopecia has been an emotional ride. When I was 16 my mum found a patch on my head and I broke down (big time!). In time, I watched my hair fall out as I brushed my hair so I cut it short and prepared myself to be bald. When I looked in the mirror after I'd lost my hair I was in a lot of shock as I wasn't prepared at all. Soon after I lost all my body hair including my eyelashes and eyebrows (but no longer needing to shave legs was an unexpected bonus!).
I had been suffering from depression and anxiety before I was diagnosed with alopecia so I was struggled with my emotions. Eventually I got used to it and realised I could still have the crazy hair I loved having by using wigs.
I am always wearing wigs when I am out the house but recently there was a picture in my local paper showing me without one. It showed everyone the real me and showed that I am proud of who I am and hair isn't everything. It's the person inside that is important.
Why is it so important for you to raise money and awareness for Alopecia UK?
It is really important for me to do this as Alopecia UK is very close to my heart. I want other people to see how hair loss effects people emotionally and to show others who have it that its tough at first but hair or no hair you are still you and always will be....people should like you for who you are not how you look, if they don't then they are not important. I want to support Alopecia UK in their work supporting those who struggle with their alopecia.
Thank you Laura for all your efforts. If you can get along to the Fun Day on Sunday 23rd August in Sheerness, Kent, please do support the event!