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The Hairdressers’ Ball 2019

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The Hairdressers’ Charity hosted its annual fundraising ball recently and it was a huge success. Over 200 guests were in attendance including; sponsors, manufacturers, trade editors, industry bodies, influencers and, of course, hairdressers from all over the United Kingdom.


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The ultra-fabulous event was held at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel. Guests were treated to an array of catwalk hair shows, awards, fundraising, networking and fun. The event was hosted by co-president’s Samantha Grocutt from Essence PR and Philip Sharp from ASP. Not only that, but guests had the opportunity to be the first viewers of the new charity campaign #InTheirWords which launched at the ball.



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The #InTheirWords campaign is a series of short films that feature recognisable faces from the industry telling case studies about the beneficiaries who have been helped by The Hairdressers’ Charity. The videos delivered a powerful message that let people really know the magnitude of their donations. Though the videos were poignant, they also gave the guests an opportunity to hear the testimonies of those that the charity had helped. It certainly made an impact on the night.

Love & Strength


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Alongside the busy night of entertainment and networking, a stellar catwalk hair show took place. The theme was ‘Love and Strength’ and it couldn’t have been more fitting for the night.

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Guest artists included Lee Radley at Nicky Clarke London for Wella Professionals, Grace Dalgleish at Brooks & Brooks for L’Oréal Professional, Tracey Devine-Smith for ASP, Andrew Smith Salons for Wonderful Life, Simon Tuckwell Hair for The Fellowship for British Hairdressing, Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair for Goldwell, Craig Chapman and Ashleigh Hodges for Hairdotcom, and Anne Veck Salon for Revlon Professional.

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Craig Chapman and Ashleigh Hodges for Hairdotcom / 📸 Hikaru Funnell @capturecollect

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Anne Veck Salon for Revlon Professional / 📸 Hikaru Funnell @capturecollect

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The models performed a choreographed routine where they parade through the audience with ring lights on their iPhones. Throughout the routine, they would take selfies and interact with guests. It was a great way to make all the attention about the hair and give the audience an upclose look at the handiwork.


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The Awards

Throughout the evening, there were some prestigious awards to give out. The new Jeffrey Bonn Fundraising Award is in recognition of long-standing charity treasurer and supporter, Jeffrey, who passed away in 2018. This award was presented to Sharon Malcolm for her unwavering support and fundraising for the charity over many, many years.


Sharon Malcolm was the recipient of the Jeffrey Bonn Fundraising Award / 📸 Hikaru Funnell @capturecollect

Another award given out that night was The President’s Award which was presented to Karine Jackson for her dedication and support in championing the charity.


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And even more money was raised on the night!

The ball raised over £5,000 on the night through pledges and an interactive Heads & Tails game. People dug deep into their pockets to continue to support and donate to help hairdressers and their families in need.


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Not only that, but guests were also entertained by renowned industry crooner, David Jelley who serenaded the room in style.

“The night was a great success and the buzz in the room was exactly what we needed to keep the charity front of mind. A lot goes into organising these events but it’s worth it.  There was a great balance of sharing our key messages, fundraising, and networking.” – Philip Sharp


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“We really want this night to become a key fixture in the hairdresser calendar and grow the attendee numbers who attend the night, so not only do we raise funds but more people know why we exist and can come to the charity when they require help.  We’re a small but important charity and thankful for everyone’s support in creating such a successful night,” – Samantha Grocutt


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A huge thank you to everybody who came to The Hairdressers’ Charity Ball 2019. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and we hope to see you all again next year. We’re already planning ideas for next year’s ball!  Here are a few more pictures from the night:


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G&E McIntyres Raises £3,200 for The Hairdressers’ Charity and Meningitis Now

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Salon owners, Gavin and Ella McIntyre, of G&E McIntyres salon in Northampton hosted a glittering fundraising ball to help raise funds for two charities close to their hearts – The Hairdressers’ Charity and Meningitis Now.

With over 250 local businesses and hair industry greats attending – including Errol Douglas MBE, Fellowship for British Hairdressing President, Karine Jackson, and The Hairdressers’ Charity co-President, Samantha Grocutt – guests were treated to a spectacular event in an old aircraft hanger in the Aviator Hotel in Northampton.

The evening’s aim was to raise funds for two worthwhile charities – the industry’s official charity, The Hairdressers’ Charity, that both Gavin and Ella were keen to support and give back to hairdressers in need, alongside Meningitis Now, which is a charity very close to their hearts. Their 11 month old son, Bertie, was diagnosed with meningitis at just 5 weeks old and after many weeks of uncertainty and excellent care in their local hospital, he was given a clean bill of health.

“After the fearful time we’d had with our son during his illness, Ella and I had talked about how we’d wanted to do something to give back to those who’d been there when we needed help. It got us thinking about how much everyone enjoys a good party and what a giving industry and clientele we have, and perhaps we could organise a fundraising ball to bring awareness and raise funds. We’ve been aware of The Hairdressers’ Charity through our involvement in the Fellowship for British Hairdressers, and from reading about their good work in the trade press, and we thought it was the ideal opportunity to perhaps do something for two charities that are doing such great work for others” explains Gavin.


To see photos from the night, head over to G&E McIntyres’ social media channels:

Facebook: @gemcintyreshair

Twitter: @GEMcIntyres

Instagram: @gemcintyres

5 Minutes with a Fundraiser: Georgia Bell

We took five minutes to speak to Georgia Bell, owner of Twisted Scissors Hair Salon and Helping Hairdressers Day fundraiser, to find out how she pulled everything together at the last minute to raise an amazing £640.


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Give us a quick run through of your Helping Hairdressers Day fundraising.
Whilst our involvement was pretty last minute, I wanted to come up with an idea that was quirky and interesting for our client base. I wanted to be able to raise as much money as we could at a fast rate because it’s a charity that means a lot to me and my salon. I thought about how myself and Twisted Scissors could utilise our creativity in the best way to raise you lovely lot some cash, and that’s when the idea ‘pay us what you think it’s worth’ came together.

From 6pm until midnight, we did anything our clients wanted from cuts to colour corrections, and they decided their own bill. Of course, we had a little party too to add to the atmosphere, with raffle prizes donated from local independent businesses. Clients made cakes and a local restaurant supplied pizzas. It was a lot of fun.

You decided to join in on Helping Hairdressers Day at the last minute. What made you want to get involved?
Yes, it was a last-minute involvement, but it’s something we felt we had to do because it’s an amazing charity. The charity means so much to myself and my team because it’s so involved in the industry. It’s great to know there’s some support for hairdressers, and that there’s an incredible charity there to support people that have dedicated so much to our craft if something goes wrong. It’s a charity for all of us and that’s something really special.

Did you find it difficult getting organised for your fundraiser in just a few days?
I wouldn’t say I found it difficult; being honest I’d say it was exciting. The response we got from the idea was fantastic – better than I had hoped. Everyone got involved and helped to provide a high-energy atmosphere.

What was your highlight on Helping Hairdressers Day?
The highlight for me was working together as a huge team; not just my staff but also our clients and local businesses. I did my best to involve as many independent local organisations as I could, in order to really help us create an exciting buzz and a strong sense of community.

If you had the chance to do your fundraiser again, would you do anything differently? Did anything work particularly well, or was simply much more fun to do?
Whilst I really did enjoy the atmosphere and the quick turn around with the idea, I’ll definitely allow myself a little more time next year! I’ll keep the concept the same, although I’ll add a couple of changes. I think with more time we could add in a few more ideas to make even more money for the charity.

If given more time we certainly would have used the marketing materials from the charity, but with it being such short notice we used our own social media platforms to advertise the event.

What tips do you have for other hairdressers looking to get involved in helping hairdressers in need?
Just go for it! Supporting charities is a great thing, but with The Hairdressers’ Charity, you’re supporting you, your industry and your career. That’s what makes this charity so special.

Did you find it difficult to persuade your customers to give to a charity they do not know? 
No. We are based in a small town with a strong sense of community, and our clients show huge support to myself and my team. We are known locally for some of our colourful creatives, so bringing what we do into our fundraising really helped us here.

We can see from your social media that you’re very active in your community. Give us an example of something you’ve done recently to give back.
Myself and my team feel it’s important to give back. The first Sunday of every month we provide a ‘quiet session’ for children on the autistic spectrum. We eliminate sounds and smells and offer longer time frames for children on the autistic spectrum, providing a safe space for both parent and child.

Stay up-to-date with Georgia and her teams’ work at Twisted Scissors by following him on social media:

Facebook: @twistedscissorsrotherham
Instagram: @twistedscissorssalonbarbers

Many thanks to Georgia and her team for all of your hard work and amazing efforts on Helping Hairdressers Day this year. We’ll look forward to seeing what you’ve got planned for the future!

Helping Hairdressers Day 2018

Friday 29th June saw our favourite fundraising day of the year: Helping Hairdressers Day 2018. Hairdressers, stylists, salons and industry experts all came together and got creative to raise much-needed funds for hairdressers in need, right here in the UK. Now in its fourth year, the theme was purple and white, to help focus on spreading awareness for our charity. With many salons and businesses sharing their day of “FUN-raising” on social media, and even running online auctions, we think this could have been our best Helping Hairdressers Day so far! Seeing everyone join together to raise funds and awareness for our industry charity was, as always, amazing. Here are just a few of the salons that got involved…

Akito Scissors

The lovely people at Akito ran a Euromillions Lottery Draw, and offered a pair of their Kenshi Scissors and an Orbital Razor as a prize worth £285!  Numbered balls were sold for £5 via Justgiving, and the winner was the first number to be drawn from the Euromillion Lottery on the day. They raised an amazing £235! It was finally won by Georgia Bann from Twisted Scissors.

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Avant Partnership

Staying in-keeping with this year’s theme, Avant Partners’ Marketing Administrator, Abbie, had her hair coloured purple and we love it! 

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Hair Studio Unisex Hair and Beauty

Darrel Hall and his team went all out to get involved this year and had a two-day event! They got dressed up, organized a raffle, and offered discount services in the salon, with the money earnt coming to us. They raised a brilliant £175 and had a blast!

Let Lew

LetLew, salon owner of OneTwoSix, added a touch of colour by creating his own acrylic artwork and selling it on to his clients. He managed to raise an amazing £225 for his creativity!

Richard Ward Hair

The team at Richard Ward Hair dressed in white for the day in memorial of their team member, Jayne Henderson, and to help raise awareness for our cause.

Sarai Hair and Beauty

The ladies at Sarai Hair and Beauty got really busy this year.  Going all out on the purple theme for the salon decor and matching outfits, auctioned off their services and sold raffle tickets for the chance to win a box of purple products. They raised an amazing £428 for our beneficiaries!

SJ Forbes Egham

The team showed their support with a purple-themed bake sale and purple prosecco, along with a raffle. They also offered a £5 deal on braids which proved really popular. 

Spencer Lynch Hair

Purple-mania set in at Spencer Lynch hair as they all dressed in purple and decorated the salon. They sold coffee and cakes on the day, and ran a charity raffle, raising an amazing £189!


The Hair Room

The team at The Hair Room supported us with a raffle. They sold tickets for just £2, offering an amazing goodie bag as a prize, and raised an incredible £600! 

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Twisted Scissors

Georgia Bell, owner of Twisted Scissors, made plans to join in at the last minute and we’re so glad she did. She decided to keep her salon open until midnight on the day, and asked clients who came in to donate what they thought their service was worth. This, along with an impromptu raffle, raised a brilliant £640!



Not forgetting our office team running a Tombola at the NHF offices.

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Others who got involved including Affinage for their Jurassic Trek, L’Oreal Professionnel for their Citizens Day and SJ Forbes Windsor‘s raffle.

Thank you to everyone who got involved, it was such an amazing, fun-filled day! We’re still jealous that we couldn’t visit everyone!


5 Minutes with a Fundraiser: Victor Pajak

We sat down with Victor Pajak, owner of Headquarters Hair Salon in Kingston and a member of our Heart Team, to ask him a few questions. As a long-term fundraiser for hairdressers in need, he was awarded our Jayne Henderson Award at our charity ball earlier in the year and is the official organiser for our annual Bike Ride. Here’s what he had to say…


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How did you come across The Hairdressers’ Charity and what made you want to get involved?
At Headquarters Hair Salon, we’ve always supported HABB, so I was pleased to continue that support when it gained charity status, and became The Hairdresser’s Charity.

You organised the Italian Bike Ride in 2017, how did it feel to find out you’d helped to raise over £10,000? 
Raising so much money was such a thrill and an added bonus.
To be honest, myself, Lynn Hickey and Julie Allen were keen to organise the trip because we thought it would be good fun. So, to have raised over £10,000 whilst doing so was amazing!

Give us an overview of the upcoming Portugal Bike Ride, and tell us why you think people should sign up.
The Portugal Bike Ride 2018 will be the most fun that anyone can have with their Lycra on! Come and join 35 of the nicest, like-minded riders in the industry, all of mixed ability, as we cycle through the countryside and coastal routes in gorgeous sunshine.
Every individual will have their own challenges and, as a team, we’ll all help them to achieve them.
You’ll come back with a new bunch of friends and a suntan!

Have you any advice for people looking for sponsorship for events like the Portugal Bike Ride, and how they’re best approaching people?

  • Getting sponsorship for any worthy cause is getting tougher and tougher. My advice would be to start early, even now wouldn’t be too soon. Start talking about it straight away.
  • Go onto the Charity website and study how the money raised is used to help people in need, that will help you explain to people why you have been inspired to do the challenge.
  • Put a collection tin, with the charity logo on it, at reception and you’d be surprised how the odd £1 adds up.
  • Point out to your team that any one of them could be a beneficiary one day so they should all be sponsoring you. I’d suggest having a day where all “tips” collected are given to the cause.
  • Organise a Fashion show as a ticketed event with all proceeds going to the cause. And the good old “JustGiving Page” always works a treat.

As we’ve pointed out, the Italy Bike Ride last year was a huge success, but this year you’ve decided to move it to Portugal. What was your reason for this? 
The reason I chose Portugal was simply for a change. Italy was amazing, but Portugal has similar terrain and, being further south, should have more sunshine. Also, I’ve been able to secure a 5-star hotel at pretty much the same price as last year. So, more luxury and warmer weather.
Again, we will be having three guides so there will be three groups so ALL levels of ability from beginners to experts will be catered for.

What would your top cycling tip be for those joining you on the Portugal Bike Ride
Top tip would be to spend as much time in the saddle before the trip. The more hours you can clock up the less saddle sore you’ll be, and the more enjoyment you’ll have.

How did it feel to be presented with the Jayne Henderson Fundraising Award at our Valentine’s Ball? 
Getting the award was a total shock. To be honest, I was only half listening when it was being announced, then all the sudden I realised that all around people were staring at me and pointing.
It then dawned on me what was happening and I was honestly speechless, which didn’t help when I was asked to promote the Portugal Ride with no notes! But, of course, I was honoured.

Tell us where you keep the trophy.
The Trophy has taken pride of place in our salon awards cabinet. It makes me smile every day.
Are you thinking of doing any in-salon fundraising at Headquarters this year? If so, what have you got planned? 
We’ll definitely be doing the “One Hour, One Day”. It’s so simple and it’s such an easy way to raise money and, as a bonus, you can grow your clientele too!

What do you think people can do to spread the word about The Hairdressers’ Charity? 

Wear the badge. They are attractive and can be worn with pride. It’s amazing how many people notice and ask questions, which gives you a way into promoting the charity.

Want to saddle up for this year’s Bike Ride Challenge? Join Victor and his friends for plenty of fun in the sun whilst pedalling for the pounds. Here‘s all the details you need to sign up.


11 Last Minute Fundraising Ideas

It’s never too late to join in! To keep things super quick and easy, we’ve got 11 FUN-raising ideas that are so low-maintenance, you’ll be helping hairdressers in need in NO time.

1) How Many Sweets in the Jar?

This is so simple to set up. Fill a jar with sweets –  we’d go for Parma Violets or mint imperials to keep up with this year’s purple and white theme – and, for a small donation, ask clients and staff to guess how many there are. Whoever wins, wins the jar!

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2) Lollipop Lucky Dip 

A great, easy idea. To set up your Lollipop Lucky Dip, simply fill a bowl or jar with individually priced lollipops, with prices ranging from, for example, 50p to £3. Let clients test their luck and choose a lolly, to see what they’ll be donating to help hairdressers in need.

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 3) Nail Bar 

Really easy for salons who offer nail treatments. Why not donate the sales of all purple and white manicures done on the day?


4) Glitter Bar

People love a bit of sparkle-and-shine; get that festival-feeling going with a glitter bar.

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5) Braid Station

Who doesn’t love a plait or two? Set up a Braid Station in-salon and donate the sales from each client.  This might time nicely with any girls off to a prom this weekend.


6) Fancy Dress

Think purple and white, and get creative! Get your staff to get all dressed up for the day, and ask for a small donation. This is a great way to raise awareness for the charity, and helps to get a conversation going between staff and clients on who you’re raising funds for. Think Prince’s Purple Rain or Billy Idol’s White Wedding and have some fun!


7) Bake Sale

Always an easy-pleaser, get your staff baking their best purple and white cupcakes and ask clients for a small donation for the sweet treats. If you wanted to make things a little more interesting, why not get staff involved with a bake-off? The winner can be the person who manages to sell the most cakes.

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8) Donate Tips

This one requires very little preparation. Donate the tips you receive throughout HHD to hairdressers in need. If you’ve already got one of our collection boxes, ask your clients to place tips in there so you can see them adding up. If not, download our HHD Poster and let everyone know that you’re donating to The Hairdressers’ Charity.



9) Percentage of Sales

If you’d like salon life to stay undisturbed, you don’t have to have a big event. Donating a percentage of your sales from HHD is an easy way to get involved, without having to get too involved! Previous fundraisers have donated £1 per client, why not try something similar?


10) Text Donation

The easiest item on this list. If you can’t join in in-salon, you can text to donate. Simply text “HHHD18” and your amount to 70070, and you’ll be helping hairdressers in need in no time.



11) Shout About Us

Whether you can join in or not, help to spread the word and let everyone know that we’re your industry charity by shouting about us on social media. Use the hashtag #HHD18 and find us on Facebook and Instagram on: @thehairdresserscharity and Twitter on: @thehaircharity.

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Every penny of your fundraising goes directly to helping hairdressers and their families right here in the UK, and we really appreciate absolutely anything you can raise for us. Read stories of beneficiaries we already help here to see why you should get involved this year.




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    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.

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