Head girl team raises cash for worthy cause

(l-r) Deputy head girls Zoe Printer (18), Bria Grange (18), The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie, head girl Ellie Webb (18), Angela Etherington from Portsmouth Mind and deputy head girl Sophie Stevens (18).''Picture: Sarah Standing (150596-3138) PPP-150327-164857001
(l-r) Deputy head girls Zoe Printer (18), Bria Grange (18), The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie, head girl Ellie Webb (18), Angela Etherington from Portsmouth Mind and deputy head girl Sophie Stevens (18).''Picture: Sarah Standing (150596-3138) PPP-150327-164857001
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A CITY school’s head girl team has raised thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

Students from Portsmouth High School handed over a cheque for £9,031.19 to mental health charity Mind, the sixth form’s chosen charity for 2014/15.

Fundraising activities were held throughout the year to generate money and raise awareness.

Bria Grange, deputy head girl responsible for charities, said: ‘There are so many mental health illnesses that affect many of our lives, or our families’ lives. We wanted to educate the rest of the school about mental health so that hopefully we can help take away the stigma of people feeling ashamed of the suffering they are going through.

‘This will hopefully lead to early treatment and more awareness in the future.‘

Mind supports people likely to develop mental health problems. It also empowers people who experience a mental health problem to make choices about how they live and recover.

Portsmouth Mind trustee Angela Etherington said: ‘This amazing amount of money will go towards supporting a series of peer support groups across the city.

‘These are groups of people who can support each other and just be themselves.’