Today I'm doing a Sponsored Silence.

The charity I am doing this for, Ditch The Label, is working towards a life that I, like so many others would have benefitted from during my teens. 

As those of you that know me personally know, I was bullied mercilessly throughout my early teens because of the way I looked. 

I suffered from severe Acne, and this suffering combined with bullying and pressures from society had devastating effects on my mental health. I felt totally powerless, ugly and unlovable, but didn't tell a soul because I didn't know who to tell. I didn't want to upset my parents, I didn't want to admit it to my friends or even admit it to myself for fear of looking or feeling weak.

For years I felt humiliated by my experience, but recently

I spoke out about my story in a feature on BBC Radio London, and I want to put my new-found confidence in my experience to good use. I've always wished I could talk to my 13 year old self and tell her that it doesn't need to be this way - and so I suppose I am reaching out to myself in my donating to Ditch The Label.

You can read all about the campaign itself here

If you'd like to sponsor me throughout the rest of today, please do so by

visiting my Just Giving page.