A 19 year old woman from Staffordshire is becoming an #AnimalHero by having her head shaved in aid of the RSPCA tomorrow (Friday 20 December 2013).


Nikki Kelly, who lives on Linden Grove, Newcastle Under Lyme decided she wanted to do some fundraising after seeing an RSPCA advert on TV. She said: “I wanted to do something to help.


“Animals don’t deserve the treatment they get and some of them suffer terribly.


“I’ve got two dogs, a Staffordshire bull terrier and a Chihuahua, and love them to bits.”


She started by jotting some ideas down for raising funds. She said: “I was going to give a couple of pounds a month but thought it might have more impact if I could make a bigger donation all in one go so I asked people what they would be prepared to sponsor me for. The head shave won it!”


Nikki will be having her head shaved at the Toni & Guy salon in Newcastle Under Lyme, who have offered to do it for free. Steven Daniels, Managing Director, said: “We do have a charitable trust ourselves but are always happy to help others who are fundraising for good causes.


“It’s a big thing having your head shaved and we’re going to do a full consultation with Nikki and are giving her a discount on her next couple of visits while she grows it back too.


“I’ve got a cat and a dog myself and think it’s great what she is doing.”


Nikki set herself a target of £100 and has raised just over £120 so far. The money will go towards the work of the RSPCA in preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals.


The RSPCA launched its ‘Everyday Hero’ campaign last month, which urges every one of us to be an #AnimalHero by doing what we can to improve animal welfare, whether it is reporting a case of cruelty, donating unwanted clothes to an RSPCA charity shop, putting food out for the birds in our garden or making a donation. For more information please visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/winterappeal You can also donate £3 by texting HERO to 88010 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network message). Join in on Twitter using #AnimalHero.


—For more information about the Toni & Guy salon in Newcastle Under Lyme please visit the Toni & Guy website or like them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/ToniguyNewcastleunderlyme