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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.

Helping Hairdressers Day

This year we will be hosting the fifth Helping Hairdressers Day, on 29th June 2018, the last Friday of the month. Get the date in your diaries everyone! Lets come together to raise funds for fellow hairdressers’ in need.

 

Helping Hairdressers Day is an annual event within the hairdressing industry which focuses on everyone uniting and doing there bit. We need you, your salon and all hairdressing businesses to come together to raise funds for helping hairdressers in need.

It’s easy to get involved. Just pop the date in your diary and get planning your fundraisers! To get your Helping Hairdressers Day Fundraising Toolkit please visit our fundraise page.

So wether its a bake sale, fancy dress day or something more creative, dont forget keep up the purple theme and represent The Hairdressers’ Charity while having fun and raising money at the same time.

You can get some Ideas and Inspiration from previous Helping Hairdressers’ Day Events held by our amazing supporters!

Please do let us know if you are thinking of getting involved! Get in touch and tell us what you have planned, so we can shout about how great you are. During the event don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media using the hashtag #HHD18 and #HelpingHairdressersInNeed and tag us in:

Facebook @thehairdresserscharity     Twitter @thehaircharity      Instagram @thehairdresserscharity

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.

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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

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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!

Team Affinage trek across the Brecon Beacons

A team of 15 who aptly names themselves the SAS (Super Affinage Soldier) spent an incredible 8 hours trekking across the Brecon Beacons in Wales, raising in excess of £1600 for The Hairdressers’ Charity.

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Head office staff from Affinage were joined by associates from Salon Supplies and CTC Hair & Beauty Supplies. The 16 mile hike covers extremely steep terrain and is a favourite of the SAS who use it as an assessment ground. The super team were also joined by Sara and Ross’s dog Reginald, who Philip Sharp claims must’ve been brought along to help drag them up the hills!

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The fundraising trek was organised by Affinage & ASP Brand Director, Philip Sharp, who also sits on the committee for the Hairdressers’ Charity said “I am so proud of all of the Affinage team and Distributors who took part. Everyone was able to complete the challenge despite the weather which resembled the winter months rather than a summer’s day! This is our second walk now for the charity and once again the team came together to support this great cause,”.

Although the weather was gloomy there was a fair share of funny moments, mostly surrounding ‘she-wees’ and the lack of tress. We’ll leave that one there.

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Eric Bailey, Affinage Managing Director, also joined the group for the challenge said “This has been an incredible experience and I am so proud of Team Affinage for all the training and effort they have put in to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves. As a company we are hugely supportive of The Hairdressers’ Charity and are completely committed to offering ongoing support,”.

To support team Affinage and donate to their fund, visit their Just Giving page.

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Meet The Team

Here’s the blog to meet our two lovely team members who oversee the beneficiary applications and ensure the charity runs smoothly day-to-day. 

Introduce yourself I’m Jean Kelly, I live in Olney a small market town in Buckinghamshire. It is where the Pancake Race originated from and the hymn Amazing Grace was written!

Job Title Head of Charity

Background The majority of my career has been in PR and Events. I have worked in the Headquarters of Volkswagen Group, Citroen, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and the Forensic Science Service before it closed down. My previous role was Fundraising Manager at the PSP Association where I had a £1,000,000 fundraising target. PSPA is small National Charity that helps people who are living with PSP and CBD – terminal neurological conditions – their family and friends.

Why did you join? I knew it was a charity I could be passionate about. I know how hard hairdressers work to make ends meet and it’s a privilege to be able to Help Hairdressers In Need.

Best fundraising tip Always share the lengths you go to when holding or taking part in an event on social media. If you are training for a run post the photos of you looking wet and bedraggled and include the link of your giving page. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Likes My loves are animals, singing and dancing, oh and of course holidays!

Dislikes My pet hates are heights, celery and pears!

Home life I am a servant to my two elderly cats Delilah and Hedges. For fun, I go to Pilates and I am a member of a Musical Theatre Choir. Most of my weekends I spend visiting friends, thinking about fundraising and fundraising! In my spare time I am Chairwoman and Trustee of RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks. As a separately registered charity we have to raise £300,000+ annually as a branch to continue the current level of work.

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Introduce yourself My name is Natalie Booker. I spent the majority of my formative years in the Midlands (Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham), but I have lived in Bedford for 20+ years, which is where my husband Mark is from.

Job Title I am the Beneficiaries Executive so I maintain relationships with existing child & adult beneficiaries of the charity, and process all new applications, which I then present for consideration to the Charity Committee at its monthly meetings.

Background I have spent the majority of my career in admin/PR/office management roles. I gave up work in 2006 when my first child was born – and didn’t return to work until my 2nd child reached school age.

Why did you join? To help make a small difference to the life of someone that is struggling for whatever reason, is extremely rewarding. We spend so much of our time at work – doing something meaningful within that time is an enormous bonus.

Likes LOVE food (& wine) and cooking programmes – can’t get enough of them! Love cycling, movies & music.

Dislikes Celery, like Jean, insincerity, and being on a (permanent) diet!

Home life My husband and I have been together for 22 years – and we have 2 children George & Chloe (11 & 8 years respectively) and a litter-trained, house bunny called ‘Fella’ (named by my then 6 year old daughter).

Scottish Charity Golf Day – A Master Stroke Event

Our Scottish Charity Golf Day certainly wasn’t ‘below par’. At the legendary Gleneagles Golf Course, 52 players from the hair industry took to the PGA Centenary Course, home of the 2014 Ryder Cup. We’re so grateful for the huge turnout. Stylists, distributors and brands were brought together to raise over £8,000 for helping hairdressers in need.

The competitive golfing began with a shotgun start at 10am after a briefing with event organiser & our charity committee member, Peter Belcher. Followed by dinner and awards in the Clubhouse to end the day. Massive congratulations to all the winners as followed:

Individual Winner – Gary Barker of UNITE.
Team Winners – UNITE.
Longest Drive – Scott McKauch.
Nearest Pin – Scott McIntosh.
Raffle – 16 prizes including a silent auction on Gleneagles FourBall – won by Brian Thompson of Lesley Hair in Inverness.
Apple Watch – Warren Scarr of Sally Services.
2 tickets to BHBA  – Rainbow Rooms.
Wella’s Golf at the Belfry – Wayne Blackburn & John O’Rouke.

“It was a tremendous day and the PGA course was magnificent with 52 golfers were lead out on to the PGA course by the Gleneagles Team. Guests from around the UK with The Gallery flying up from Kent, a team from Northern Ireland and UNITE coming from USAm which raised the stakes and it was lovely to see so many making a special effort to be there. When the golf was over, guests enjoyed a 3course meal & charity auction in the event.” Peter Belcher

 

A few lovely words were sent in by fellow golfer on the day and orgnaiser of our Southern Golf Day, Lorenzo Colangelo, of The Gallery who summed up the day: “I just want to say what an incredible couple of days we had at Gleneagles. Peter and Liz were absolutely amazing. Not just for the organisation, but they set a great mood for a fun charity day at an incredible venue that had everyone’s focus on the charity. It ran incredibly smoothly. The team at Gleneagles managed the event so brilliantly, it was a joy to be a part of. I can’t thank Peter enough for taking this on. To see the day make some good cash for the charity is a massive bonus. I think everyone left the day happy and better aware of the great charity we are part of.”

The event wouldn’t have run as smoothly without the gracious support of our event sponsor, OSMO. A massive thank you to the award sponsors Creightons, SalonNV, BarberNV, and Sally’s, plus hole sponsors Ishoka, Alison Jamerson, Charlie Miller, Goldwell, Lorenzo Colangelo, Philip Rogers, Crazy Color, Patersons, OSMO, Peter Belcher, ghd, Rainbow Room, McIntyres, HJ and Hair & Beauty World.

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