Staff and students from Highbury's Public Services sector went to hair-raising lengths to show their support of Combat Stress.

The team raised more than £200 for the veterans’ mental health charity in support of soldier Ben Harrow ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Currently serving with the Princess's of Wales Royal Regiment (PWRR), Ben has worked with the College for the last two years, giving up his time to instruct students with enrichment boot camp sessions.

He said: "The College has been amazing. The fact that the students who are looking at potentially serving their country have gone out of their way to do this, and don't really know anything about military life for themselves yet, is brilliant."

Ben is raising money in memory of a former PWRR member who took his own life recently due to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

He will be completing a 100km walk next month to fundraise for the charity, which helps veterans suffering from PTSD to recover.

In support, student Liam Babbage had his head shaved by fellow student Kerenza Bourner.

Public Services Tutor David Allen also volunteered to have his beard shaved off by student Samantha Dryden.

David said: "Combat Stress is important to all serving and ex forces personnel. Being a veteran myself, and with many of the students looking at a career in the forces, it seemed like the perfect way to show our support ahead of this Saturday’s Armed Forces Day."

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  • Date 25/06/2018