Reporter: Colin Henrys
Date online: 16 November 2012
Isabelle Walker-Lefebvre with her shaved head
A Rochdale based dance teacher had her hair shaved off in public to raise money for charity.
Isabelle Walker-Lefebvre, 47, a Nia dance teacher, will be feeling a lot more of the winter chill this year after having her long curly hair removed to raise money for depression-recovery charity Journeys.
Isabelle decided on the head shave for charity when her friend took his own life in August.
“I wanted to raise money for a charity very close to my heart,” said Isabelle, who as a young child also lost her mother to suicide.
Isabelle asked former Rochdale Town Centre hairdresser John Peers to perform the head shave and Rochdale Online founder Malcolm Journeaux to take the photos.
Having set an ambitious target of raising £5,000 for the charity, Isabelle has also organised a public Nia dance at Littleborough Cricket Club, due to take place on Saturday 17 November from 5.00pm.
She explained she had been involved in Nia - a sensory-based dance incorporating martial arts, dance arts and healing arts - for six years, and has taught for four of them.
“It came naturally to me,” she said. “At the time I was looking for some personal development and I wanted to find more joy.”
She explained the dance events are held annually, with Nia dance teachers from the region coming together to teach.
The event is open to the public and will be followed by a dance evening, and Isabelle hopes people can come and support her fundraising efforts.
“It is my strong belief - as I luckily witness often - that with the right support and healing, people can make a full recovery from mental and emotional torture and leave their own prison,” she said.
For more information see Isabelle’s Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/Heart2Heart4Life
How to donate:
Make an electronic bank transfer to "Journeys - Towards recovery", Bank: HSBC, Account: 91267507, Sort code: 40-46-43, Ref: Isabelle P Walker: http://www.journeysonline.org.uk Tel: 029 2069 2891
Write a cheque payable to "Journeys - Towards recovery" or "heart 2 heart 4 life ltd" and send it to: Heart 2 Heart 4 Life, Dry Dock Mill, New Road, Dearnley, Littleborough, OL15 8LX.