The brother-in-law of Dom Panter,
the 20-year-old Louth man who took his own life two years ago after battling depression, has raised almost £500 towards a youth group that seeks to help other struggling young people in the local area.
Gary Tuplin, 41, grew his hair and beard for six months ahead of the shave, which took place on July 12.
With the help of Ashlie Yule and his wife Ellie Tuplin, Gary’s hair had soon disappeared from sight.
The head shave took place at the Park Avenue Youth Centre and the event also involved a raffle and a cake stall.
The grand total was £480.20, and he would like to thank everybody who supported and sponsored him.
Gary and his wife Ellie, who is Dom’s sister, run the ‘Dom’s Place’ youth group for 13-19 year olds at the Park Avenue Youth Centre every Monday evening.
The youth group began at the beginning of June, and supports young people suffering from problems such as depression, bullying, self-harm, eating disorders, panic attacks, worries about sexual identity and suicidal feelings.
The group activities include arts, cooking, meditation, card making, cognitive behaviour therapy and self-esteem activities and meditation.
Ellie Tuplin said: “We’re getting a steady flow of new people coming along each week, and we provide an outlet for them that they didn’t previously have.
“Louth definitely needed somewhere like this.”
For more information about Dom’s Place youth group, call Ellie on 07553 545404.