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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
News added 06/12/16: Celebrating 10 awesome years, Trevor Sorbie’s charity mynewhair has gone from strength to strength, and today makes a serious contribution to helping support people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss. Inspired by his own moving experience of helping a family member during cancer treatment, Trevor founded mynewhair to offer a wig-customising service, and today works with leading cancer centres to enable more patients to access the wig-styling service. Hair professionals wanting to help – and we urge you and your salon to do so – will become part of a network who have received responsible, nurse-led training and technical support. The leading brand L’Oréal hosts training days and seminars with Trevor and his trustees firmly at the centre of the operation.
Currently, there are approximately 900 hair professionals, including freelance and mobile hairdressers, and almost 800 salons across the UK and Ireland in the mynewhair network. (45 in Scotland, 511 in England, 34 in Wales, 8 in Northern Ireland and 44 in the Republic of Ireland). With plans to go global in the coming year, we need to get these numbers up!
If you’re interested then do visit www.mynewhair.org or follow the charity on Twitter @mynewhairorg
News added 03/08/2016: Many salons do a massive amount to support local charity – respect to you all. Raising funds is vital, but consider also how changing salon behavior can be hugely rewarding. Brilliant to hear Q Salon in Chichester this summer has adopted The Dementia Friends initiative, and become a Dementia Friends Champion to help inspire other people to understand dementia better. It’s about fund-raising and taking action. We like it. Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways – it’s not a natural part of the ageing process but one that is a growing concern, and we’re betting whether at home or work, many of you know someone suffering, or caring for someone with this disease.
Managing Director at Q Hair & Beauty, Dawn Lawrence-Grant invited Dementia Support to visit her team and give a lively, and hugely informative presentation at one of the salon’s weekly meetings. Team Q were told about how the charity is making a tremendous effort to establish a pioneering model in continuing care for people with dementia as well as providing full and invaluable support for families and carers. They heard about some of the problems encountered by those with dementia and outlined many ways to make the whole process enjoyable and straightforward for them and their carers when they visit the salon.
As a result, Dawn has committed to ensuring that her not only does her salon become dementia-friendly in as many ways as possible, but that her team will hold several imaginative fundraising events for the charity as possible, and set aside one morning a week exclusively for dementia patients and their carers. “Team Q is keen to make sure that people with dementia and their carers receive the warmest of welcomes and feel secure and cared-for throughout their visit. We are delighted to be supporting and raising awareness for this charity which is such a good cause and affects so many people.”
Q stylist Amy Carter adds: “From a personal point of view, my nan is going through the early stages of dementia and this has helped me understand a lot more about it and how I can help her. I can also pass this on to other members of my family. It will also help when people with dementia come to the salon and we now know how small actions on our part can make such a difference.”
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AS A DEMENTIA FRIEND CHAMPION, click here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBRegisterChampion
News added 15/09/15: In 2009, Trevor Sorbie set up his charity, mynewhair, to provide a wig-styling service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss. In the UK alone, 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer per year. With L’Oréal Professionnel onboard, mynewhair has now trained more 700 hairdressers to offer wig advice, support and cutting services across the UK. Respect!
Now there’s a twist! The #HairTwistChallenge is a brilliant initiative that will help raise money for mynewhair, and will help bring this wonderful charity to as many women as possible.
And taking part is so simple!
1. Film yourself completing a 30-second hair twist.
2. Upload your video onto Facebook and tag your fellow hairdressers, along with the hashtags #HairTwistChallenge #mynewhaircharity #lorealpro
3. Donate at the JustGiving page: campaign.justgiving.com/charity/mynewhair/hairtwistchallenge
Or text MYNH00 with your donation amount to 70070 (e.g. to donate £5, text MYNH005).
For the first 50,000 donations received up until 14/11/15, L’Oreal Professionnel will donate £1 per donation*
News added 25/06/15: The cheekily-named ‘CoppaFeel’ campaign is on a mission to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer, by ensuring that people know how to spot the symptoms. For the second year, Paul Mitchell is lending it’s considerable voice to shouting the message loud and clear: knowing your boobs could save you life. CoppaFeel was started by cancer sufferer Kris Hallenga (who featured recently in both Kris: Dying to Live, and The C Word on TV) and it’s a cause dear to many. Paul Mitchell bandwraps for product pairings feature guides on what you could look and feel for, and we should all encourage #boobsdeserve because they do!
News added 29/05/2015: A family cause for a family business, Marc Antoni hair salons pledged to raise £15K for Leukaemia Lymphoma since one of the group’s owners, Simon Giamettei was diagnosed with leukaemia in Jan 2013. Bringing staff together with clients in activities including bike-athons and bake-sales, the group has already clocked up 75% of the target. The four Marc Antoni brothers and four of their team, will undertake a 4-day endurance cycle ride from London to Paris in September which should see them complete their goal. If you want to support them, click here: https://justgiving.com/Julie-Giamattei3
News added 16/04/15: This has to be the best selfie we’ve seen all year. And one for Tony Rizzo, founder of the Alternative Charitable Foundation ‘Fighting Leukaemia’ to be proud of. Tony and Maggie Rizzo were visiting Ethiopia in association with Plan Ireland, to meet with the Ethiopian Cancer Society and visit schools, aid projects and hospitals – a survival rate of leukaemia patients in the country is only 20% compared with 75% in the UK. Ever dynamic, Tony has now announced ‘The Alternative Hair Ethiopia Project’ will fund a health centre in Tambaro town including an education programme. This project will provide financial support in order to construct a dedicated building to deliver mother and child health services in an upgraded environment to a community living in poor socio economic conditions. The health status of Ethiopia is among the lowest in the world.
Tony Rizzo says: “The trip was an incredible experience, providing a great insight into the basic minimal needs for the people to survive. It was invaluable to see first hand the incredible work that the many aid agencies do to extend help within the region.”
News added: 27/11/2014
Nicky Clarke rocked up to the Brain Tumour Charity Ball last week at the request of organizer cricketer Darren Gough (they’ve been friends since working on reality TV’s ‘Jump’). Our Nicky was keen to show his support and got all suited up with the gorgeous Kelly Simpkin on his arm. “Goughy told me it was time I stopped going to all those poncey hairdressing events and had a proper night out!” Nicky told reporters. Our quote of the week!
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