News added 14/09/17: We’ve said it before, and will keep repeating – whatever you get up to as a salon in the name of charity, it’s great pictures that will get you media coverage for your efforts. Group pictures with smiles, and taken in context such as wearing slogan shirts or holding props work wonders. Case in point, this gem taken of the ‘Charlie Miller Hair Angels’ who rocked up to the It’s a Knockout Edinburgh 2017 event fundraiser this August Bank Holiday. They raised £1700 for SANDS Lothians (supporting bereaved parents of miscarried or still born babies), and had a great time in the Teletubby Challenge, The Foam Pit and the Ultimate Relay. Well done to Natalie Cole, Philip Michie, Euan Alexander, Neil Purves, Hayley Dallas, Leia Mackinnon, Frank Clark and Yvonne Blyth – a great effort and bravo on the pictures. You deserve our shout-out.
Nicola Welsh, CEO SANDS Lothians comments: “We are so grateful to the amazing Charlie Miller Hair Angels for their participation in the ‘It’s a Knockout’ fundraising event. The team provided fun and energy to the day and really contributed to the event. They also looked fabulous dressed as teletubbies! We were thrilled to hear about their incredible fundraising of £1,708.50. This will allow us to provide person centred care including befriending and counselling to families when their precious baby dies. Parents need much support at this time and without support from the community we would not be able to continue to provide this.”
News added 23/03/17: Perth and Dundee hairdressing star Charlie Taylor was singled out for praise in the Scottish Parliament recently when nearly 30 MSPs backed a motion commending the three times Scottish Hairdresser of the Year and her team for offering complimentary makeovers to Marie Curie nurses as part of Charlie’s year-long celebration of 30 years in business. Every month for the rest of the year, one Marie Curie nurse will be treated to a complete luxury makeover courtesy of the CT team as a way of thanking them for their work, tending to people with terminal illnesses. So far three nurses – Kaye Wiseman, Carolyn Watts and Lesley Middleton – have had the 5-star treatment.
Charlie returned to her Scottish roots in 1987 after nearly five years in London working for top hairdresser Trevor Sorbie. Shortly after her return, she opened her own salon in Perth’s South Methven Street. Ten years later she opened a second salon in Perth Road, Dundee.
Alexander Steward, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, put forward the motion, which also acknowledged the salon group’s ongoing charitable work, including its monthly fundraising nights held in the Dundee and Perth salons on behalf of various local charities.
News added 09/03/17: A simple conversation can make all the difference to someone who may be worried about a change to their body. As a familiar face in the community, hairdressers are ideally placed to encourage clients to visit the GP if they have any concerns, or to be able to point them in the direction of local healthy living support services. It’s not about trying to become an expert in cancer or health – it’s about having simple, yet powerful conversations that could make all the difference. It’s now thought that one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. That’s shocking. BUT more positively, the stats reveal more people will survive than ever before depending on getting early diagnosis and the right treatment in good time.The University College London (UCLH) Cancer Collaborative have teamed up with Cancer Research UK to roll-out Highlight Cancer training workshops for hairdressers. Yep, that’s you. Find out how you can be enrolled on a FREE 3-hour London workshop that will help you help understand cancer and encourage people to make healthy changes, use local services and contact their GP with concerns. You can play a role in raising awareness of cancer in your community. We can show you how…
More information and registration details can be found on www.eventbrite.co.uk – search ‘highlight cancer’.
Register for your free place by emailing email@example.com.
News added 23/02/17: The charmingly named Little Princess Trust does serious work in helping kids suffering cancer. In the past 10 years, LPT has given away 4000 real hair wigs to children and relies on the support of individuals, salons and brands donating hair to the cause. Bravo to the extensions company Great Lengths which has been donating 100% human hair – 210 bundles in the past 12 months – inviting any one of its more than 1500 certified Great Lengths salons and mobile stylists to request hair extensions for this purpose. You can get involved, too. Work with clients going long to short to encourage their donations, and urge extension clients to look after their hair so it maybe used later in a wig.
Great Lengths first started collaborating with the LPT back in February 2015 after James Henderson (pictured left), co-founder of one of the Great Lengths’ leading salons, M Hair Nottingham, read about the LPT’s amazing work, and wanted to do something to help.“I noticed that so much high quality hair was being removed and thrown away every day, and thought how it could really make a difference if the hair could be used in wigs. … I am totally in awe of the great work the LPT do, and I am truly honoured to be able to help,” says James.
Carol Leo, Managing Director for Great Lengths UK & Ireland, says: “Being in the business of enabling men and women to enhance their natural hair by the application of our 100% human hair extensions, we understand the emotional impact of hair on people of all ages. Great Lengths hair is always ethically sourced from temples in India, where it is voluntarily donated. It seems appropriate that wearers of Great Lengths hair extensions can continue the donation life-cycle in a charitable way. The Little Princess Trust is a brilliant charity and I am so pleased Great Lengths hair extensions can be used to help these brave and deserving young people.”
If you are interested in donating, hair should ideally be 40cm in length or longer. Only hair extensions that have been well cared-for may be used in the wigs.
Donors and salons are encouraged to share their donation pictures on social media, using #GLforLPT.
For more information about the Little Princess Trust, please CLICK HERE:
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