Alicia is top crop for Mary’s Meals

Dad Graeme MacKechnie gets ready to crop daughter Alicia's hair in aid of Mary's Meals

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Nursery practitioner Alicia MacKechnie has shaved off her long locks so children in some of the world’s poorest countries can get school meals.

The 23-year-old who works at Oban’s 1st Steps Nursery smashed her £200 fundraising target in just 24 hours and has raised almost £1,500 so far thanks to supporters, including colleagues and parents from the nursery.

Money raised is going to Mary’s Meals, a charity founded in Dalmally where Alicia grew up.

Alicia MacKechnie without her long hair, cropped to raise funds for Mary’s Meals

‘I  chose this charity because of the amazing work they do to provide children with at least one meal in an educational setting. This charity is very close to home as I grew up in Dalmally where it all began. It only costs £15.90 to feed a child for a whole school year.

‘Children’s health and wellbeing is important to me, so shaving my hair off for Mary’s Meals is more than worth it! I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated so far,’ she said.

Mary’s Meals feeds 1,838,859 children every school day.

To make a donation go to: giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/ygp7-shaving-for-life-saving?