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Introducing the Heart Team

The Heart Team

The Hairdressers’ Charity has launched its first ever Heart Team; a passionate group within the charity who will be the industry face.

The hairdressers, from across the country, will be working collectively to help raise the charity brand status and our story, with a focus on raising funds for the child beneficiaries the charity helps each year. It will be an annual initiative, and new members to the Heart Team will be announced each year.

The 2018 Heart Team members include:

 

“Our Heart Team members are hairdressers who have approached us and asked how they can get more involved. They want to encourage their fellow hairdressers to get behind the industry charity and help raise funds and the profile in simple but effective ways. The 2017 One Hour, One Day campaign we launched was through the Heart Team, and helped to raise £5,000 in just one day,” explains Samantha Grocutt, Co-President of The Hairdressers’ Charity.

“We’ll be working closely with the Heart Team throughout the year to hear their thoughts on new fundraising initiatives and how we can get our important message out to their fellow hairdressers. The passion of the Heart Team is contagious and their reach of hairdressers across the country is vital to get our story heard by more people. Our charity is about helping hairdressers in need, and who better to do this than other hairdressers,” concludes Co-President, Philip Sharp.

 

Follow their progress on their dedicated page and following them on social media.

 

Helping Hairdressers Day 2018

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The Hairdressers’ Charity is calling on all hair professionals to dedicate just ONE DAY to help raise much-needed funds.

The annual Helping Hairdressers Day will be held on Friday 29th June, and salons, freelance hairdressers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and industry service companies are being asked to get involved.

The 2018 theme is simple: Purple and White. The charity is urging people to be supportive and wear purple and/or white for the day, colour hair (or nails), bake cakes, raffle prizes – anything and everything that will be able to raise funds.

Get inspired by those who joined in last year and find more fundraising inspiration here.

Register your interest to join in for the ONE DAY of fundraising by calling the team on 012348 31888 or email head@thehairdresserscharity.org    You can also find a Fundraising Pack available to download here.

The charity will be actively supporting the day on social media and is keen for others to share their support for any fundraising activities by tagging #HHD18 #HelpingHairdressersinNeed

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram: @thehairdresserscharity and Twitter: @TheHairCharity

 

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

 

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Darrel Hall

Darrel Hall of Hair by Darrel and Hair Studio recently made us his charity of the year. We chatted with him to find out about his fundraising plans, and why he thought the Hairdressers’ Charity was the one to help. Here’s how he plans to meet his £1000 target by the end of the year…

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How did you come across The Hairdressers’ Charity and what made you pick them for your charity of the year?  
I came across The Hairdressers’ Charity through Instagram. I began following them around 2 years ago when I first set up my social media page. It was only when I was looking for my charity for 2018, that I remembered having picked up some advertising material from you at Salon International, and thinking that what you did to support the industry was amazing.

In order to support my first child, who I adopted in 2016, I had to give up my job in a salon that I loved. People in the hair industry supported me in creating my mobile hairdressing company, which has led on to me doing live demos at Salon International and coming Top 3 in the Local Business Awards.

My life has been changed for the better because of the support I have received, and this makes me want to help and support others. I want to be the person helping to change and better their lives, as they have been for me.

Tell us about your previous fundraising efforts.
During 2017, while I was working as a mobile hairdresser, I had Cancer Research as my charity. For every client, I put £1 into a pot, regardless of the service or the amount of money that was taken, and at the end of the year, I personally doubled the amount I had gained.

From services alone, I had £577 in the pot. Doubled, I had £1144, all for Cancer Research.

Tell us a little bit about your new salon venture.  
In 2017 I was nominated for an award at the Skegness Business Awards, and although I didn’t win the title, I got into the top three and attended the award ceremony.
During the ceremony, we were invited to do an interview for the local radio, which was also placed on Facebook. The current owner of the salon contacted me after seeing the interview and said that I came across so well, and hearing what I wanted for the future inspired her.

Due to medical reasons, she is having to leave the industry and wanted someone with passion to take over, hence contacting myself. I will be taking over on April 1st 2018, but I’m working within the Hair Studio currently to build up a good relationship with the current clientele.

I will be transforming the salon’s look by making small changes that have huge impact! I want to “fast forward” the Hair Studio, and make it the center point of the hair industry within the area.

How are you looking to fundraise this year? 
Once again, I will be putting £1 per client into a pot and doubling that at the end of 2018. This time, however, I will have a salon with staff! This will increase the amount that I can raise instantly!

I will be doing a Salon Raffle once a month, with the money raised going directly to The Hairdressers’ Charity, and the prize being a different hair service each month.

At some point in the year I will be ‘braving the shave’ and having my haircut to raise money. I will also be doing a fun run, but I’ve not decided which one as of yet.

I have The Hairdressers’ Charity boxes already out in The Hair Studio and have already had some clients putting money in them.

What words of wisdom can you share about fundraising?
One day in life when you’re stuck and have no idea what your next step will be, someone will always be there to help and support you, whether it be a charity or a friend.

Without support this will disappear.

ACT NOW
SUPPORT NOW
FUNDRAISE NOW

Help change someone else’s life, as you never know when you may need your life changing.
Fundraising shouldn’t be a chore or a task! Make it enjoyable, have fun, be kind and let the world know you’re doing it!

Keep an eye on Darrel’s hair work, salon development and of course, his fundraising efforts by following him on social media:

Facebook: @hairbydarrel and @Hairstudiochapel

Instagram: @hairbydarrel

Good luck, Darrel, from all of us here at The Hairdressers’ Charity, and thanks for all of your hard work! Don’t forget to keep us updated on how you’re getting along! 

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.

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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.

Top 5 Autumn Fundraising Ideas

So it barely feels like we’ve had a summer in England with the constant bad weather –what more do we expect! – and sadly we only have a month left which means Autumn is nearing. However, that means there are some exciting events coming up – Halloween, Bonfire Night, and then the big one in winter which we’ll try and not talk about just yet. They’re all a great excuse to do something fun and raise money for your industry charity, here’s our top 5 autumn fundraising ideas.

Fashion show

Fashion week
If London can host their own fashion week, why can’t you? It doesn’t have to be a full on fashion show, ask your staff to dress to impress each day in return for a donation throughout 15th – 19th September to wow all your customers.

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Halloween
Halloween is one of our favourites. Host a Halloween party in the salon running games, selling cakes and treats. With the help of other local businesses, we’re sure you can get some great prizes to offer for a trick or treat lucky dip! And make sure that everyone remembers to come in fancy dress.

Sparklers

Bonfire Night
Host your own Bonfire Night. Get help from local salons to organise a fundraising night of toffee apples, sparklers and fireworks! A fun night for everyone, with all proceeds going to a worthy cause, everyone will feel great knowing that they’ve done their bit!

Black Friday Deal
Slash your salon prices and donate the price difference to The Hairdressers’ Charity. This is an easy way to donate without having to put in loads of extra work!

Easyfundraising steps

Easyfundraising
Just as the name suggests, this one really is easy. Sign up to easy fundraising and you can donate to us every time you shop. Updating your autumn wardrobe? Big brands such as ASOS, Debenhams and House of Fraser will donate to us. Shopping for gifts? notonthehighstreet.com will donate 2.5% of your sale. Or when even renewing your car insurance with Aviva they will all donate to us! With 3,255 shops and sites signed up you can donate to us every time you shop.

Whatever you have planned, as usual let us know through social media so we can share all your posts and shout about how great you are!

The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine’s Ball

Get ready to dress to impress, The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine’s Ball is back!

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Monday 19th February 2018 is the date and the beautiful 5-star Grange City Hotel, London is the venue for the first event of the year – The Hairdressers’ Charity Ball – which is making a spectacular return.

Catch up with friends with a drinks reception from 6.45pm, followed by a sumptuous 3-course dinner at 7.30pm. Expect wine, dancing and entertainment – all while raising money for your unique industry charity. Carriages at midnight.

Tickets cost £150 pp.

Tables of 10 can be bought for the price of 9 tickets of £1,350, meaning you get your 10th ticket absolutely FREE. Demand is high so book early to avoid disappointment.

Download our Booking Form here and email head@thehairdresserscharity.org or call 01234 831888.

We also have sponsorship opportunities for the night! Get your brand recognised with our fantastic opportunities, click here for more information.

For hotel bookings at the Grange City Hotel contact the hotel directly; call 02078633700 or email city.reservations@grangehotels.com and quote the group booking reference CCT1710699.

 

THE GALLERY SWAP SCISSORS FOR GOLF CLUBS

Salon owner of The Gallery, and committee member, Lorenzo Colangelo, brought his clients, friends, and staff together to swap their scissors for golf clubs, in a charity fundraising event on 9th June 2017 to raise money for us.

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It was a day packed with golfing challenges, with 110 clients and friends split into 28 teams, competing at West Kent Golf Club in Kent.

The competitive golf was followed by a 3 course sit down dinner and presentation evening, along with entertainment from comedian Agger Brown and a charity auction of prizes, including:

  • Two Chelsea football tickets
  • A £500.00 voucher and retail experience for Harry Collins & sons, The Queens jeweller
  • Meal for 4 at The Kentish Hare Bidborough
  • £1000 Gallery gift card

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In total, the day raised a whopping £7,100 for Helping Hairdressers in Need and a great day was had by all.

“It was a fantastic day. My team went to enormous effort to arrange this day – even down to branded golf balls! Everyone really threw themselves into the spirit of it and our clients & friends were incredibly generous and we are delighted to have been able to raise this money for two amazing charities! It is definitely something we would like to repeat next year.” said Lorenzo Colangelo.

Helping Hairdressers Day

Friday 30th June saw the day we’ve all been waiting for… Helping Hairdressers’ Day 2017!

Salons, hairdressers, industry experts and business all got creative to raise much-needed funds for Helping Hairdressers in Need. In its third year, the theme was ‘all things purple’, to help focus on spreading awareness of The Hairdressers’ Charity.

We think this year was definitely our best year yet, with many salons sharing their ‘fun-raisers’ on social media, and even running online auctions. We loved seeing everyone come together to raise funds and awareness.

Just some of the salons that got involved were…

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Jamie Stevens. Their day was all about a £10 raffle entry to win a whole head of highlights, and of course a cake sale, which just looked delicious!

 

 

 

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Bruce-Low. Iain Bruce-Low ran an auction over on his Facebook page, of a pair of scissors generously donated by Yoi Scissors which raised £165. There was also cakes and a raffle, all in total raised a whopping £1,500!

 

 

 

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OneTwoSix. Their client’s days were filled with doughnuts and coffee, however, salon owner Let Lew did something a little extraordinary and shaved his hair live on Facebook! From this alone, he raised £230 and ended up raising £509 in total with all the events. We were a little overwhelmed!

 

 

 

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Alan Howard. We loved the concept of profits from purple products being donated and Alan Howard did exactly that. Alongside all the purple product selling they also baked cakes, dressed in purple and had purple hair!

 

 

 

 

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Sarai Hair and Beauty. The girls in the salon have been busy racking up steps over the month, and the salon had the idea to run a competition to guess the number of steps they have walked over the month… There were also sweets and cakes sold on the day… raising a total of £111.15!

 

 

 

 

Remi Cachet. As they were already signed up as a company, Remi Cachet used Easyfundraising to raise money for Helping Hairdressers Day. A donation of 4% of every purchase made through easyfundraising came to us – wow!

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Harvey Luke. This was the most purple we saw! The salon went above and beyond with purple decorations, cakes and glitter!

 

 

 

 

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SJ Forbes. Do we need to say much more than purple glitter beards?! SJ Forbes wore purple glitter and ran competitions.

 

 

 

The Gallery. 100 squares, one square for £5 to get the chance to win some purple GHD’s.

Also a big thank you to all the other salons and businesses who got involved including The Stress Exchange, Fudge Professional, Siren Salon, Affinage, Rainbow room, NHF, Saks Kingshill, Boki’s Hair, Sharon Malcolm, Ciente, Baileys Hair, Jason Liddiard, Akito, Wispers, Hair Advice Centre, Richard Ward, Leo Bancroft

Thank you to everyone who got involved, it was such a fun filled day, with cupcakes, purple prosecco, and raffles, we were jealous that we couldn’t visit everyone!

 Here’s to many more #HelpingHairdressersDay to come!

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