Archive for March, 2018

7 Easter Fundraising Ideas

Easter is just around the corner, and knowing that we’ll never let the chance of a little fundraising pass us by, we’ve found 7 brilliant Easter-themed fundraising ideas. Perfect for getting staff and clients involved, these ideas give you an easy way to raise money for your industry charity, whilst having a little fun along the way!

1. In-salon Egg Hunt

It goes without saying that no-one is ever too old for an Easter egg hunt. So why not hide your Easter goodies around the salon, and ask for a donation from those wanting to take part? Add a little incentive, and guarantee that no-one will come away empty handed with a chocolate prize for everyone.

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2. Decorate an Egg Competition

A classic Easter tradition!  Provide the eggs (make sure they’ve been boiled!) and anything needed for decorating, and ask for a small donation to enter an egg. Take names and phone numbers so the winner can be contacted, and be sure to send them a little something in congratulations.

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3.  Easter Themed Bake Sale

Think bunny-shaped biscuits, hot cross buns, crème egg brownies. Ask your staff to get baking, and sell what’s been made to your clientele. Everyone’s got a sweet tooth around Easter, no doubt they won’t be able to resist! The hardest part will be not eating the lot yourselves!

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4. Best Bonnet Competition

Get your staff to put on their thinking caps and compete to make the best Easter bonnet. Get creative – the more outlandish, the better!  Ask clients to vote on their favourite for a small donation.

If you wanted to include clients in this competition, however, you could set up a craft table with the essentials for making a bonnet, and ask for a small fee to enter.

5. Giant Easter Egg Raffle

Raffles always go down a treat, and with a giant Easter egg as the prize, there’ll be no doubt of it! Sell tickets for 5 for £1, and encourage clients to try their luck. Alternatively, make up an Easter themed hamper and include it in a raffle.

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6. Easter Themed Hairstyles

Be bold and get sponsored to dye your hair, choosing from a variety of Easter colours. Pastels, pinks, baby-blues, maybe a little bit of green? The more out-there, definitely the better!

7. How Many Mini Eggs in the Jar

Fill a jar with Mini Eggs, and ask people to guess how many there are in it. Whoever gets closest to the right amount wins the jar!

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We hope you’ve found some eggcellent inspiration; and don’t forget to share your efforts with us on social media #HelpingHairdressersInNeed.

Our New Presidents’ Blog

Our New Presidents' Blog

So they’ve been in their new role for a couple of months and are already starting to make their mark. After hosting the Valentine’s Ball last month, and with plenty more planned; we thought we would get to know them a little more in our blog.  We posed ten questions to Samantha Grocutt and Philip Sharp, and here’s what they had to say…

How long have you been working with the charity? 

SAM: I think it was 2006 when Hellen Ward invited me to join, and to become part of the committee for The Hair & Beauty Benevolent. I’ve been part of The Hairdressers’ Charity since its inception, and I was Vice-President for two years.

PHIL: I was invited over two years ago by the previous president, David Drew, to be part of the fundraising committee.

Give us one word for how it feels to be elected President.

SAM: Rewarding.
PHIL: Honoured.

What is it about the charity that made you sign up?

SAM: I’m a strong believer in paying it forward; we need to be aware of those less fortunate than us, and do as much as we can to help them.

PHIL:  There are no final salary pensions in the world of hairdressing that I am aware of. Dedicated, creative and wonderful people work all of their lives in this industry, and on occasion they face horrendous financial and emotional hardship. The charity is a lifeline for these individuals, and if I am able to use some of my experience and contacts to benefit the lives of these people, then that is incredibly rewarding for me.

Give us a snapshot of your career in the hair industry so far.

SAM: I’ve been in the hair and beauty PR industry for over 20 years, and set up my own specialist hair and beauty PR agency in 2004.  I’ve always had a passion for the hair industry – my sister is a hairdresser and my brother a barber, so it’s definitely in our blood!

PHIL: I started working on the edges of the hairdressing industry as a haircare retail buyer for Superdrug, working with celebrity hairdressers such as John Frieda, Nicky Clarke and Trevor Sorbie. Realising I had a passion for the industry, I moved across to Wella and worked with some of their largest customers.

As the Managing Director of Great Lengths Hair Extensions, myself and the team made great strides with leading salons around the UK, which resulted in incredible commercial growth for the brand. Now I’m working on Affinage’s global brand development as the Brand Director. In this role, I work closely with the hairdressing community, co-ordinating regional, national and international hairdressing events, whilst working with the leadership team on the development of our commercial objectives.

To summarise, I have worked alongside major manufacturers and had exposure to stylists and salon owners from all walks of life, many of whom have become good friends within the industry. This does give me a unique opportunity to leverage those contacts and networks for the greater good of the charity.

What fundraising have you done in the past and what would inspire someone else to do the same?

SAM: I’ve been involved in lots of fundraising over the years – from quick, simple monthly donations to organising fundraising talks with some of the most influential women in business.  It’s a matter of just getting on with it and making it work for you and your time. Fundraising can be all singing, all dancing or just simply a donation – whatever works for you.

PHIL: I have done quite a few things now for the charity, many of which have involved having a little fun along the way. I organised two walking treks (the Three Yorkshire Peaks and the Brecon Beacons) with the Affinage team, which were great team building events. I attended the Mallorca bike ride in 2016, organised raffles at Affinage events for the charity whilst getting my hands dirty on the stand at Salon International, selling charity badges and lucky dip tickets. My efforts have now contributed to over £10,000 of income for the charity.

What little-known fact about the charity do you think we need to share?

SAM: We are one of the country’s oldest charities (in one guise or another!) and began as the Hairdressers’ Orphan Fund in 1853 (actually, we think it may be even older than this!). I think it’s very apt that as a giving and fulfilling industry we are actually so old. It just shows what a caring profession the hair world is.

PHIL: I think people forget about the heritage of the charity. A few weeks ago, I was privileged to see some old minutes for the charity when it was known as The Hairdressers’ Orphan Fund. This book was dated 1940. I think it is fabulous that the charity has been supporting the industry for generations, and yet our charity is as relevant today as ever.

An on a personal note:

Your guilt pleasure?

SAM: I’m in PR – it’s all about the champagne for me!

PHIL: I am originally from Harrogate, so I will have to say an excess of Yorkshire Puddings!

Last good read?

SAM: I’ve just finished a trilogy by Justin Cronin. It’s a futuristic supernatural story about humanity. Scary but un-put-downable!

PHIL: At the moment, I am midway through a book called “iGen” by Jean M. Twenge. This book is an insightful read into the generation that have grown up with iPhones and mobile devices.

What does your perfect Sunday include?

SAM: Chilling with my husband, Phillip, whilst we go for a Sunday roast in our local, and a good bottle of red wine, then heading home to read a book (and drink more wine) and snuggle with my Bengal cat, Pushka.

PHIL: A sunny day in the garden having fun with my two children, topped off with a BBQ and a few friends to catch up with.

Best piece of advice/quote to live by?

SAM: You have two ears and one mouth for a reason, remember that!

PHIL:  Knowledge is power but execution is king, if you want to be successful or help others you can’t just think it, you have to go out there and do it. This is my motto and this is why I work hard at putting into practice the things I put my mind to.

Our Valentine’s Ball Success

 

New Presidents

The good and the great gathered together recently at the Grange City Hotel, London; to network, fundraise, and help raise the profile of the charity.
Hosted by Co-Presidents Samantha Grocutt of Essence PR and Philip Sharp of Affinage Salon Professional, the night shared the charity’s vision, mission and upcoming fundraising activities with the 200-strong audience.

We recognised those who have been instrumental within the charity; the Jayne Henderson Award for Fundraising was presented to Victor Pajak of Headquarters for his involvement in the organising of our annual charity bike ride, which raised over £11,000. The President’s Award was given to long-standing supporter of the charity, Jeffrey Bonn, who has been influential in the financial management of the committee for many years. Unfortunately, due to illness, Jeffrey was unable to attend the night – his award was collected by long-term friend and Chairman of the charity, Phillip Rogers.

We shared with the audience how donations raised by your fundraising is distributed to beneficiaries. The charity’s mission to Help Hairdressers in Need was successfully demonstrated with the help of one-off support beneficiary, Mitchell Chalmers, who was invited to the ball to share his inspiring story over adversity. Following a tragic life-changing accident that saw Mitch paralysed from the stomach down, he undertook a crowdfunding project to raise funds to purchase a stand-up wheelchair that would allow him to train as a hairdresser at his local Bristol College. On the night, the charity played a heart-warming film detailing Mitch’s plight, and invited him to the stage to share his story with the audience.

The evening was also an opportunity to announce the first ever Heart Team; a high profile, passionate group who will be the industry face of the charity. Presented on the night by Toby Dicker from The Chapel, the Heart Team will be working collectively to raise the charity brand and its story, with a focus on the child beneficiaries.

The 2018 team includes Toby and Amanda Dicker of The Chapel, Victor Pajak of Headquarters, Ella Johnson of Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa, Linda and Alan Stewart of Rainbow Room International, and Lorenzo Colangelo of The Gallery.

Not only were our guests treated to bubbly at our drinks reception, and a sumptuous three-course dinner, they were kept suitably entertained with key messages, fundraising activities such as Heads & Tails – which raised an astounding £1,760, and saw the winner walk away with dinner at The Grange Hotel and an appointment with London’s newest Style and Blow Salon – entertainment from renowned mind reader Graham Jolley, plus DJ and dancing, along with a superb goody bag, kindly donated by the sponsors of the charity.

“The fundraising ball was an opportunity to share with a select audience of sponsors, supporters, manufacturers, hairdressers, industry professionals and media the importance of the industry’s charity, The Hairdressers’ Charity.  It was a night to be thankful, remember why the charity exists, and to encourage even more people to get behind our cause” explains Co-President Philip Sharp.

“Alongside fundraising for hairdressers in need, the night was also about encouraging people to share their knowledge of the charity to their network of friends and colleagues, so that people understand what the charity does and how we help hairdressers in need.  It’s a small but important charity, and we need as many people in the industry to get behind us – whether that’s attending our events, hosting their own or just sharing the charity’s message.  It all helps to get the message out,” concludes Co-President, Samantha Grocutt.

We would like to thank all of those who showed their support for us at the ball, and all of our brilliant event sponsors: L’Oreal, Wella Professionals, Affinage Salon Professional, ghd, Revlon, Schqarzkopf, Goldwell, BaByliss Pro, National Hairdressers’ Federation, Fellowship for British Hairdressing and Wonderful Life – thank you for who making such a night possible.

To see snapshots from the event, head to our Facebook page: http://ow.ly/H4ce30iH4jI