Archive for December, 2017

Our Charity Bike Ride Raises Over £10,000

Portuguese Charity Bike Ride

Our recent bike ride helped to raise over £10,000 towards helping hairdressers in need.

The bike ride, kindly organised by Victor Pajak from Headquarters, took place in Cesanatico (nr Bologna) – the Italian mecca of cycling and home of the legendary Marco Pantani. With a cycling agenda catering for all levels of cycling, 24 riders took part to help raise the funds for the industry charity.

“The Hairdressers’ Charity Italian Bike Ride was such a tremendous success; great company, stunning countryside, delicious food, hilarious banter, and the knowledge that every turn of those pedals was getting you closer to your personal target and earning a huge amount for a worthy cause – what more could you ask for! We’re already in the planning stages for the 2018 Bike Ride in Portugal and many of us already signed up, but there’s always room for new riders to join the group,” explains Victor Pajak.

Based on the Italian coast, with three expert local bikes guides on hand, the tour was challenging but rewarding as the riders toured beautiful scenic routes.

The riders included teams from Leslies Hairdressing, L’Oréal Professionnel, Goldwell, Fellowship President Karine Jackson and Fellowship Chairman Jo Martin, past HABB President Lynn Hickey at Sean Hannah, Julie Allen from Jools PR, Sue Davis Salons, Charlie Miller salon, Jarrisons Hair, Jeff Goodwin Hair, Red Salons, Russell Eaton, The Chapel, Sarai Hair and Beauty, and Scruffs.

A special shout out goes to the top fundraisers Arthur Ehoff and Sue Davis who raised over £2,500 and Karine Jackson over £1,600 for the charity.

“Our charity Bike Ride has always been a great fundraising exercise for the charity. We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support for the Italian bike ride. Victor was outstanding and was so passionate in encouraging his peers to join him and help raise the much-needed money we need to help others. All the money the riders raised goes directly to the beneficiaries, so it’s great for them to know their hard work will really make a significant difference,” concludes The Hairdressers Charity President, David Drew.

Find our about the 2018 Bike Ride in Portugal here.

The Raffle Winners

Monday  saw the big draw for our raffle with the lovely Richard Ward and we are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

  • £1000 cash donated by our Chairman, Phillip Rogers WINNER: Ticket No. 00869 Jean Marie 
  • A day with Mark Hayes, Sassoon International Creative Director WINNER: Ticket No. 01135 Peter Keistan
  • A day’s observation with Andrew Barton in 2018. A once a lifetime opportunity to spend the day with renowned, celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, Creative Director for Urban Retreat at Harrods. This money can’t buy opportunity will give you the chance to see Andrew and his team at work in aid of The Hairdressers’ Charity. Follow Andrew on Instagram.  WINNER: Ticket No. 01397 Shaun Christie
  • An inspirational day with a leading guest artist for Wella worth over £300.  WINNER: Ticket No. 01385 Anthony Lavin
  • HOB Academy course day with Akin Konizi WINNER: Ticket No. 01427 A. Kahlat
  • Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer worth £299 WINNER: Ticket No.01391 Shaun Christie
  • Akito Hawk Scissors worth £250 donated by Akito Scissors WINNER: Ticket No. 17264 Isobel Eaton 
  • Nocturne styler from ghd donated by LWPR WINNER: Ticket No.44043 Ian Davies
  • Goodie Bag of Richard Ward and Tangle Angel products WINNER: Ticket No.  02526 Agnes Leonard
  • Goodie bag of Schwarzkopf products – six sets WINNERS: Ticket No. 03326 Ross Charles; Ticket No. 48131 Monti Mountney; Ticket No. 34401 Eoin Mehmet; Ticket No. 01175 Tony Designa; Ticket No. 02487 Ben Forrest; Ticket No. 01149 V. Strain
  • Goodie bag of Electric Hair products WINNER: Ticket No. 15984 Barbara Comerford 
  • Goodie bag of Cantu Hair products WINNER: Ticket No. 01068 Hilary Knight 
  • Goodie bag of Salon System lashes and nail products WINNER: Ticket No. 01127 Jess Martin 
  • Ferrari fragrances gift set WINNER: Ticket No. 03224 Tom Darling 
  • Goodie bag of Fudge hair products WINNER: Ticket No. 01170 Nicky
  • A pair of complimentary VIP tickets to a Fellowship Masterclass (complete with backstage passes) WINNER: Ticket No.  00039 Simon Shaw regifted, and won by Ticket No. 16426 Tina.

Well done to everyone who won.   The team have contacted most winners already, so if you have not already heard from us please call Jean on 01234 831888.

To see the draw, please watch the Facebook Live Video.

A huge thank you needs to go to all the companies and individuals who donated prizes, supported the raffle by selling tickets and especially those who bought a ticket.  We raised an amazing £3,657 to help hairdressers in need.



Introducing our new 2018 Presidents

Today we have announced our elected Presidents for the 2018-2019 tenure as Samantha Grocutt and Philip Sharp, jointly. The new Presidents will continue the excellent work of outgoing President, David Drew.

Samantha Grocutt Philip Sharp David Drew

Samantha Grocutt, Managing Director of hair and beauty PR agency Essence PR, has served on the charity committee for over ten years, both in its guises as The Hairdressers’ Charity, and formerly The Hair and Beauty Benevolent. Samantha has been instrumental in implementing and overseeing many successful fundraising initiatives during this time, and her passion for the charity, combined with an envious black book of contacts, will be a considerable benefit during her two-year tenure.

“Our industry charity is a small but worthy cause that helps hairdressers in need. We’ll be looking to secure as much support as possible from those in the industry during our time – whether that’s financially, or by helping us spread the message of what we do and who we help. The hair world is exceptionally giving and if we can just be remembered as one of your annual causes then it’ll help us reach our £200,000 annual target to help others.   But, it’s also just as important that people know about the charity, so that they can request support when they need it. It’s going to be a challenging but rewarding time,” concludes Samantha Grocutt.

Philip Sharp is the Brand Director of Affinage Salon Professional. Philip has been a part of the charity committee for the last 2 years, working closely with the team on the development of the charity, whilst actively managing many initiatives to raise funds, with remarkable success. Philip has a wealth of contacts across the industry having held leadership positions for many major global brands within the haircare market. Philip’s connections and breadth of commercial and marketing experience will be a major asset to the charity’s development over the next two years.

“I am delighted to have been elected Joint President alongside Samantha Grocutt, who is an invaluable ambassador for the charity. It is a great honour to be a part of such a dynamic and dedicated team who serve the charity supporting an industry I am so passionate about. I would like to personally thank David Drew who has done an incredible job as President.  There does remain, however, so much more that we can do. The Hairdressers’ Charity is a lifeline for hairdressers who have fallen on challenging times. As we now move forward with our work, I would like to use this opportunity to welcome any hairdresser or professional within the industry who is considering supporting the charity to please get in contact with the team or myself as there are so many ways in which we can direct you to help raise much needed funds for this fantastic cause,” says Philip Sharp.

The Hairdressers’ Charity has been established to support hairdressers and ex-hairdressers who have been affected by illness, disability, bereavement or financial hardship. With over 300 applicants requesting help each year, the charity will rely on the support of the hairdressing industry to provide help for those who need it most.