We asked Brand Director of our sponsor Affinage Salon Professional, Philip Sharp, to take our first ever 5 minutes with questions; and here’s what he had to say.
What inspired you to become a fundraiser for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
I was invited on to the committee by David Drew who I have worked with for several years. I felt it was a great opportunity to use my experiences and support the great work that The Hairdresser’s Charity undertakes.
What ways have you been fundraising?
My fundraising activities have been diverse but equally exciting. The first event I organised was a charity walk where the Affinage team and a couple of our distributors embarked on walking the 3 Yorkshire Peaks. In 2016 I took part in the 250km sponsored bike ride in Majorca and most recently I organised a charity raffle which took place last October in London as part of the 20th Affinage Festival celebrations. Whenever I can you will always see my helping out on the Hairdressers’ Charity stand at various exhibitions; selling badges and lucky dip prizes.
How successful have your fundraisers been?
I am pleased to say that the charity walk, bike ride and charity raffle have raised in the region of £7,000 in total.
Do you have any plans in the future for more events?
Yes we do, about a month ago I sent a survey to the Affinage team for fundraising ideas and in the next month or two we will be agreeing the next team challenge. These are always great fun and not only does it raise money for the charity they are also great team building activities.
What do you love about fundraising?
Apart from raising much needed funds, the part I love most it meeting people from across our industry outside of my normal working remit who are all dedicated to supporting this charity. In addition, taking part in fundraising activities is always great fun and very rewarding.
What has been your highlight in a fundraising event?
The charity bike ride has been my highlight particularly when I reached the summit of a major mountain on my cycle which I didn’t think was physically possible for myself. It was a great sense of achievement and I met some fantastic people over the holiday. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone who likes cycling when the next one is announced.
Any tips for other fundraisers you can share?
Just do it, don’t hold back, don’t procrastinate, be proactive and work with your colleagues to make things happen. You will be rewarded with new friends and great adventures whilst knowing that you are supporting a much needed cause for the very people in your own industry.
If you fancy giving fundraising a go yourself, download our fundraising toolkit for some tips and ideas for running your own successful event.