5 easy to do summer FUN-draising events

Despite the weather, we are actually in summer now, which means BBQ’s, Pimms and jetting off on your holidays! But that doesn’t mean the fundraising has to stop, there’s plenty of summer activities you can run as fundraisers in the salon & bring everyone together for a great cause.

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BBQ
Organise a fundraising BBQ at the salon for clients and your local community, ask for a little donation in return for a burger… and don’t forget the Pimms!

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Ice cream
What’s more refreshing on a hot day? When the sun finally decides to come out why not sell ice creams and lollies in the salon for a small donation, guaranteed to get people donating!  Sprinkles and a flake for those who donate more!

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In the stocks
Take yourself back to the school fete and get someone in the stocks! Ask for a donation for clients to launch wet sponges at their favourite hairdresser… At least it will cool them down!

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Summer sports day
Ask for a donation for people to take part in classic sports day races like egg and spoon, three-legged race, and wheelbarrow races. And remember, this one’s not just for the kids, run adult races too!  If you want to get sponsorship, don’t forget to download our form it’s all done for you.

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Summer fancy dress
Get the salon ready for summer with a dress-down for summer day. Ask for a donation in return to wear summer fancy dress. The more Hawaiian shirts, the better, in our opinion.

Whatever you have planned for summer be sure to let us know by emailing us and tagging us in on all your social media posts! Or if none of these take your fancy why not try one of our challenges?

5 Minutes With a Fundraiser: Iain Bruce-Low

Affinage Colour Rebel, and Owner of Bruce-Low Hair, Iain Bruce-Low went above and beyond with his efforts for Helping Hairdressers Day. Raising over £1500 for Helping Hairdressers in Need, we needed to catch up with him to find out how he achieved this incredible total.

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What inspired you to get involved with Helping Hairdressers Day?
I’ve been interested in getting involved with the charity for some time now. The charity recently held the Scottish Golf Day however I am terrible at it, I saved myself the embarrassment and didn’t take part! I heard about Helping Hairdressers Day because I am part of the Affinage Artistic team, and thought the ‘One Day’ would be perfect for me.

What ways did you fundraise?
We were extremely lucky as we had many ways we raised money. We set out to sell raffle tickets, and our team donated a cut/colour appointment, our suppliers also donated some gifts. YOI scissors then donated a set of scissors, so I decided to hold a live auction on Facebook which brought together so many stylists. I also messaged around to our local salons to inform them of the day and see if they wanted to jump on board and donate their week’s tips to the cause with Avalon Hair & Beauty, Oban and Dream Hair, Arbroath getting involved. Bruce-Low also donated the day’s profits, and staff’s tips from Friday!

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How successful was your fundraiser?
I would say it was a great success! The scissors went for £170, we raised £250 from local salons, and the rest of the total was from salon profits, tips and raffle ticket sales giving us a total in excess of £1500! The Facebook live auction had over 100 hairdressers coming together and spreading awareness of The Hairdressers’ Charity. We’ve had great press coverage from the event too! Featuring in our local weekly paper The Oban Times, Estetica, Salon NV and Salon Business, we’re so happy that our message has spread so far!

Do you have any plans for future events?   
My team and I have grown to strongly support the charity and 100% will continue to do so. Being part of the Affinage Colour Rebels team I hope my work within the industry can help create more awareness of the charity!

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What do you love about fundraising?  
I loved the support and generosity from people. Both hairdressers and clients, people genuinely wanted to help and make donations, it blew me away! In a world with so much tragedy, and with so many wonderful charities looking for help, I was taken back by people’s desire to help.

What was your highlight on Helping Hairdressers Day?
The highlight was really being able to spread the word of the charity, as so many people still don’t know about it. Seeing the large number of donations that kept coming in to us was very overwhelming!

What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
My top tip would be to do something to grab people’s attention! I did a couple of video blogs and I think people really felt my passion, and listened to it more than they would text. I’m sure this got lots of people behind it. I would also say to educate. Be passionate about the reason you are fundraising, and don’t be greedy! Don’t ask for too much as people will always surprise you and donate as much as they can!

The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine Ball

Get ready to dress to impress, The Hairdressers’ Charity Valentine 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.

For bookings and further information please email head@thehairdresserscharity.org or call 01234 831888.

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).

The Hairdressers Charity Presents the 2017 Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard

The Hairdressers Charity recently presented its second Jayne Henderson Award for Charitable Contribution to industry businessman, Jonathan Littler of Alan Howard.  The charities vice-president, Hilary Hall, Secretary General of the National Hairdressing Federation, presented the award during the Fellowship for British Hairdressing President’s Night.

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The award is dedicated to the memory of Jayne Henderson, a 26-year-old team member of the Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa following a battle with cervical cancer. With the industry employing a huge number of young females, the award aims to raise awareness of cervical cancer as well as recognise the charity work of a hairdressing individual or salon on behalf of The Hairdressers’ Charity whilst also promoting The Hairdressers’ Charity invaluable work it carries out within the industry.  The first award was presented to Ella Johnson from Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa for her outstanding fundraising achievements when the award was first launched.

“Jonathan Littler has been a long-standing supporter of our industry charity and has donated and help raise much needed funds to ensure we can continue to help hairdressers in need.  It’s a great privilege to have been able to present the award to him in recognition of his efforts and support,” explains Hilary Hall.

“I’m delighted and honoured to have been presented with this recognition from the Hairdressers Charity. As a company, Alan Howard recognise the amazing support they offer when hairdressers fall on times of hardship and we are passionate and committed to helping them wherever we can for this great cause” Jonathan Littler.

A Master Stroke Event

Our Scottish Charity Golf Day certainly wasn’t ‘below par’ at the legendary Gleneagles Golf Course saw 52 players from the hair industry take to the PGA Centenary Course, home of the 2014 Ryder Cup. We’re so grateful for the huge turnout, which brought together stylists, distributors and brands 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, with 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

Colour Trilogy

Colour Trilogy is a new education platform that delivers three elements of education in just one session. Learn all about the client colour experience and consultation, current trends and new techniques and to discover how to market and turn that knowledge into a profitable column or salon business and all from three renowned ladies from the industry.  Hellen Ward, Carolyn Newman, and Michelle Blake, who have combined their expertise in their respective fields for these special seminars not to be missed!

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Their 11th September 2017 seminar is in London and also in aid of The Hairdressers’ Charity.

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7pm                 Arrival

7.15pm            Welcome and intro

7.20pm            Colour Trilogy Seminar

The seminar will cover three areas:

  •  Michelle Blake ‘Talk It’ – Michelle covers how to create tailored consultations using her unique colour pod and bespoke client colour analysis.
  •  Carolyn Newman ‘Apply It’ – Carolyn demonstrates and explains her trademark personalised colour techniques and looks at how to interpret seasonal colour trends.
  •  Hellen Ward ‘Work It’ – Hellen explores the key elements of successfully marketing, pricing, measuring and managing colour’s business performance.

8.45pm            Raffle

9pm                 Close

 

Tickets cost £25 (with the proceeds going to our charity). To buy your tickets for this seminar please call 01234 831888 or email head@thehairdresserscharity.org