A FUNDRAISING duo from Maidenhead will brave the shave in hopes to raise vital funds for a domestic abuse charity.

Trainee GP Crystal Yang, and her cousin, Sophia Zhang, are shaving their hair off for Slough-based domestic violence organisation, The Dash Charity.

With a fundraising goal of £6,000, the pair have already raised more than £3,600 on their Just Giving page.

Dr Yang said: “Domestic violence has always been an issue that’s quite personal to me, it is something that I care a lot about and because of covid it’s been so much harder for charities to reach these victims.

“It’s been a difficult time for the victims being stuck at home so they all need our help now more than ever.”

Dr Yang added she has a strong interest in women’s health and safeguarding, which is why the fundraiser is important to her.

The pair will face their fears on January 1 while live-streaming online to their family and friends.

“We really wanted to steer away from the standard running fundraisers and decided to do something a bit more extreme,” she said.

“For me, doing this will be quite a therapeutic thing and I see it as regaining my own identity and making a fresh start in the New Year.”

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Each week, two women are murdered by their partners in England and Wales.

One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime.

The Dash Charity has seen a 35% increase in referrals with a total of 1,072 made in 2020/21.

Alison Bourne, CEO of the charity, said raising funds is a “constant battle” for them.

“I never cease to be amazed by the kindness and commitment of wonderful people like Crystal and Sophia who support the charity,” she said.

“Domestic abuse is still not acknowledged and talked about enough in our society, I think people think it happens somewhere else but, whether we know it or not, we will all know someone who is or has experienced it.” 

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Ms Bourne added that the money raised by the pair will go directly to helping the families the charity supports.

She said it may be used to buy school uniforms or books for children, a weighted blanket to help with the therapeutic support for young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

“I can’t thank Crystal and Sophia enough for helping raise funds and also for raising awareness of domestic abuse so that we can continue to work towards our vision: Domestic Abuse Stops Here.”

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/good-girls-gone-bald