Archive for June, 2017

Team Affinage trek across the Brecon Beacons

A team of 15 who aptly names themselves the SAS (Super Affinage Soldier) spent an incredible 8 hours trekking across the Brecon Beacons in Wales, raising in excess of £1600 for The Hairdressers’ Charity.

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Head office staff from Affinage were joined by associates from Salon Supplies and CTC Hair & Beauty Supplies. The 16 mile hike covers extremely steep terrain and is a favourite of the SAS who use it as an assessment ground. The super team were also joined by Sara and Ross’s dog Reginald, who Philip Sharp claims must’ve been brought along to help drag them up the hills!

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The fundraising trek was organised by Affinage & ASP Brand Director, Philip Sharp, who also sits on the committee for the Hairdressers’ Charity said “I am so proud of all of the Affinage team and Distributors who took part. Everyone was able to complete the challenge despite the weather which resembled the winter months rather than a summer’s day! This is our second walk now for the charity and once again the team came together to support this great cause,”.

Although the weather was gloomy there was a fair share of funny moments, mostly surrounding ‘she-wees’ and the lack of tress. We’ll leave that one there.

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Eric Bailey, Affinage Managing Director, also joined the group for the challenge said “This has been an incredible experience and I am so proud of Team Affinage for all the training and effort they have put in to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves. As a company we are hugely supportive of The Hairdressers’ Charity and are completely committed to offering ongoing support,”.

To support team Affinage and donate to their fund, visit their Just Giving page.

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Meet The Team

Here’s the blog to meet our two lovely team members who oversee the beneficiary applications and ensure the charity runs smoothly day-to-day. 

Introduce yourself I’m Jean Kelly, I live in Olney a small market town in Buckinghamshire. It is where the Pancake Race originated from and the hymn Amazing Grace was written!

Job Title Head of Charity

Background The majority of my career has been in PR and Events. I have worked in the Headquarters of Volkswagen Group, Citroen, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and the Forensic Science Service before it closed down. My previous role was Fundraising Manager at the PSP Association where I had a £1,000,000 fundraising target. PSPA is small National Charity that helps people who are living with PSP and CBD – terminal neurological conditions – their family and friends.

Why did you join? I knew it was a charity I could be passionate about. I know how hard hairdressers work to make ends meet and it’s a privilege to be able to Help Hairdressers In Need.

Best fundraising tip Always share the lengths you go to when holding or taking part in an event on social media. If you are training for a run post the photos of you looking wet and bedraggled and include the link of your giving page. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Likes My loves are animals, singing and dancing, oh and of course holidays!

Dislikes My pet hates are heights, celery and pears!

Home life I am a servant to my two elderly cats Delilah and Hedges. For fun, I go to Pilates and I am a member of a Musical Theatre Choir. Most of my weekends I spend visiting friends, thinking about fundraising and fundraising! In my spare time I am Chairwoman and Trustee of RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks. As a separately registered charity we have to raise £300,000+ annually as a branch to continue the current level of work.

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Jean and Natalie

Introduce yourself My name is Natalie Booker. I spent the majority of my formative years in the Midlands (Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham), but I have lived in Bedford for 20+ years, which is where my husband Mark is from.

Job Title I am the Beneficiaries Executive so I maintain relationships with existing child & adult beneficiaries of the charity, and process all new applications, which I then present for consideration to the Charity Committee at its monthly meetings.

Background I have spent the majority of my career in admin/PR/office management roles. I gave up work in 2006 when my first child was born – and didn’t return to work until my 2nd child reached school age.

Why did you join? To help make a small difference to the life of someone that is struggling for whatever reason, is extremely rewarding. We spend so much of our time at work – doing something meaningful within that time is an enormous bonus.

Likes LOVE food (& wine) and cooking programmes – can’t get enough of them! Love cycling, movies & music.

Dislikes Celery, like Jean, insincerity, and being on a (permanent) diet!

Home life My husband and I have been together for 22 years – and we have 2 children George & Chloe (11 & 8 years respectively) and a litter-trained, house bunny called ‘Fella’ (named by my then 6 year old daughter).

The Hairdressers Charity Presents the 2017 Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard

The Hairdressers Charity recently presented its second Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to industry businessman, Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard.  The charities vice-president, Hilary Hall, Secretary General of the National Hairdressing Federation, presented the award during the Fellowship for British Hairdressing President’s Night.

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The award is dedicated to the memory of Jayne Henderson, a 26-year-old team member of the Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa following a battle with cervical cancer. With the industry employing a huge number of young females, the award aims to raise awareness of cervical cancer as well as recognise the charity work of a hairdressing individual or salon on behalf of The Hairdressers’ Charity whilst also promoting The Hairdressers’ Charity invaluable work it carries out within the industry.  The first award was presented to Ella Johnson from Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa for her outstanding fundraising achievements when the award was first launched.

“Jonathan Littler has been a long-standing supporter of our industry charity and has donated and help raise much needed funds to ensure we can continue to help hairdressers in need.  It’s a great privilege to have been able to present the award to him in recognition of his efforts and support,” explains Hilary Hall.

“I’m delighted and honoured to have been presented with this recognition from the Hairdressers Charity. As a company, Alan Howard recognise the amazing support they offer when hairdressers fall on times of hardship and we are passionate and committed to helping them wherever we can for this great cause” Jonathan Littler.