A close shave for lecturer Ken Jones

Ahead of half-term, Design Lecturer Ken Jones had raised an incredible £890 for Mental Health UK, going completely beardless for the first time in 20 years.

Ken was inspired by his daughter Amy who is also raising money for Mental Health UK by trekking through Cambodia. A former student of the College, Amy will be endeavouring to cover 80km over 5 days, through jungles, rice paddies, and mountains .

“I’m really pleased by the reaction and support of students and staff,” says Ken, “It was quite fun having the students taking part in the actual shave and a very different day for me at College!”

The magnificent effort by Amy and her father will be matched by Amy’s employer Lloyds Banking Group, who will also fund the expedition.

Amy had to compete with thousands of applicants for the opportunity to take part in the trek, but it was her unique family experience that set her apart:

“Having personally experienced difficulties when my Mum was diagnosed with Leukaemia, this cause is very close to my heart,” says Amy on her Just Giving page.

MHUK is an umbrella for 4 UK charities and provides support to people struggling with mental health as well as family and friends that are affected.

“Mental health is a big issue for young people and it just seemed like the time to get on and do something,” says Ken.

You can still donate to Ken’s page for Mental Health UK through the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ken-jones5


For more information on this story please contact Izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk