We caught up with Paul Curry, owner of Studio 12 Hair Salon in York, with our 5 minutes with questions; here’s what he had to say.
What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
For me, it’s all about putting something back into the industry. You never know if it’s going to be someone you know, or even yourself, who needs the help. It’s important to be aware of this and to know that you have the chance to change the life of someone who needs it most.
What ways have you been fundraising?
I’m a cherub in the Supporters’ Club, which is a monthly donation of £6.25, and what difference does that make to me- it just means one less gin and tonic! I also have a collection box in the salon, and we have previously organised some raffles.
How successful have your fundraisers been?
Our raffles have raised a good amount but we’ve have also had some problems as not all our customers are aware of the charity, which can make people reluctant to donate. But that’s just a case of spreading the word as much as we can, and a reason why I always wear my charity pins.
Do you have any plans in the future for more events?
I don’t have any fundraising events planned at the moment but I always wear my charity pins to help spread awareness, and of course, I will continue donating as a cherub.
What do you love about fundraising?
I love knowing that I am helping others and that I am giving back to an industry that I am passionate about. You just never know when you might need the help yourself.
What are your top tips for someone looking to support the charity?
Donate whatever you can, and if possible join the Supporters’ Club by becoming a cherub, angel or saint. It’s so worth it as you know you’re helping someone in need and putting something back into the hairdressing industry- and remember, it’s just one gin and tonic!