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.

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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.

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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 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

 

7 Easter Fundraising Ideas

Easter is just around the corner, and knowing that we’ll never let the chance of a little fundraising pass us by, we’ve found 7 brilliant Easter-themed fundraising ideas. Perfect for getting staff and clients involved, these ideas give you an easy way to raise money for your industry charity, whilst having a little fun along the way!

1. In-salon Egg Hunt

It goes without saying that no-one is ever too old for an Easter egg hunt. So why not hide your Easter goodies around the salon, and ask for a donation from those wanting to take part? Add a little incentive, and guarantee that no-one will come away empty handed with a chocolate prize for everyone.

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2. Decorate an Egg Competition

A classic Easter tradition!  Provide the eggs (make sure they’ve been boiled!) and anything needed for decorating, and ask for a small donation to enter an egg. Take names and phone numbers so the winner can be contacted, and be sure to send them a little something in congratulations.

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3.  Easter Themed Bake Sale

Think bunny-shaped biscuits, hot cross buns, crème egg brownies. Ask your staff to get baking, and sell what’s been made to your clientele. Everyone’s got a sweet tooth around Easter, no doubt they won’t be able to resist! The hardest part will be not eating the lot yourselves!

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4. Best Bonnet Competition

Get your staff to put on their thinking caps and compete to make the best Easter bonnet. Get creative – the more outlandish, the better!  Ask clients to vote on their favourite for a small donation.

If you wanted to include clients in this competition, however, you could set up a craft table with the essentials for making a bonnet, and ask for a small fee to enter.

5. Giant Easter Egg Raffle

Raffles always go down a treat, and with a giant Easter egg as the prize, there’ll be no doubt of it! Sell tickets for 5 for £1, and encourage clients to try their luck. Alternatively, make up an Easter themed hamper and include it in a raffle.

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6. Easter Themed Hairstyles

Be bold and get sponsored to dye your hair, choosing from a variety of Easter colours. Pastels, pinks, baby-blues, maybe a little bit of green? The more out-there, definitely the better!

7. How Many Mini Eggs in the Jar

Fill a jar with Mini Eggs, and ask people to guess how many there are in it. Whoever gets closest to the right amount wins the jar!

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We hope you’ve found some eggcellent inspiration; and don’t forget to share your efforts with us on social media #HelpingHairdressersInNeed.

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! 

12 ideas for your fundraising in 2018!

So you have chosen to help fundraise for The Hairdressers’ Charity, now you just need a few more ideas to get some plans in place and start getting your team involved.  Here are 12 ideas we are sure you will want to run with a few of them.

  1. Get your New Year off to a flying start, and use your New Year’s resolutions to raise funds and awareness for The Hairdressers’ Charity! Are you giving up smoking? Saying “No” to alcohol? Cutting out the junk food? Ask family and friends for sponsorship, and turn your hard work into hard cash!  How about the Pound for Pound Challenge. The task is simple: Ask your friends and family to sponsor you just £1 for every pound you lose in weight.
  2. Get the New Year buzz by holding a coffee morning, and turn it into your very own Bake Off! Maybe look to hosting a tea party is a great way for people of all ages to get involved and raise funds. You’d be mad as a hatter not to!
  3. Our overseas adventures are, quite simply, magnificent. Journey on awe-inspiring adventures up to Everest Base Camp, or along the Inca Trail, and be part of something extraordinary in 2018.  See a full list here to be inspired.
  4. Give change, change lives! Delve deep into your pockets, explore the back of the sofa, look behind the fridge, and save up your loose change for The Hairdressers Charity.   Paying in is simple or you can Text your donation ‘HAIR18 £your amount’ to 70070.
  5. British cycling is on top of the world right now. Don the Lycra, and pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats or join our successful Ride planned for Portugal this year.
  6. Whether you have the voice of an angel, or the voice of a mangle, a charity karaoke is a fun way of raising funds for The Hairdressers’ Charity. Charge entry, or per song, and your fundraising will hit all the right notes.
  7. Love running? Grab your running shoes, and take part in a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon for us!
  8. Give your fundraising parties and events an extra twist with fancy dress costumes! Dish out prizes for the best and worst costumes, although it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference!  
  9. We are all dreaming of those lazy, hazy summer days right now. Summer is a great time to fundraise outdoors, so break out the charcoal, invite your friends and family, and host a charity barbecue in aid of your fellow hairdressers.
  10. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. How about relieving friends and family of their unwanted items and sell them online or hold a car boot sale?
  11. Do you dare to bare? A great way of fundraising is to do a sponsored shave. Fundraiser Let Lew just that last summer.
  12. Make your fundraising quick and easy by donating your special occasion. Forego birthday presents and wedding gifts for donations, and raise money for Hairdressers in Need.

Whatever it is your doing to fundraise in 2018, be sure to share what you are doing with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using #HelpingHairdressersinNeed.  We would like to wish each and every one of our fundraisers the very best of luck with all that you are doing this year. We will be there for you for every step, run and pedal, every barbecue sizzle, every cup of coffee and slice of cake, and everything else you amazing people will be doing!!

Download your Fundraising Kit here.

 Get in touch for your FREE promo materials 01234 831888 or email info@thehairdresserscharity.org

Our Charity Bike Ride Raises Over £10,000

Portuguese Charity Bike Ride

Our recent bike ride helped to raise over £10,000 towards helping hairdressers in need.

The bike ride, kindly organised by Victor Pajak from Headquarters, took place in Cesanatico (nr Bologna) – the Italian mecca of cycling and home of the legendary Marco Pantani. With a cycling agenda catering for all levels of cycling, 24 riders took part to help raise the funds for the industry charity.

“The Hairdressers’ Charity Italian Bike Ride was such a tremendous success; great company, stunning countryside, delicious food, hilarious banter, and the knowledge that every turn of those pedals was getting you closer to your personal target and earning a huge amount for a worthy cause – what more could you ask for! We’re already in the planning stages for the 2018 Bike Ride in Portugal and many of us already signed up, but there’s always room for new riders to join the group,” explains Victor Pajak.

Based on the Italian coast, with three expert local bikes guides on hand, the tour was challenging but rewarding as the riders toured beautiful scenic routes.

The riders included teams from Leslies Hairdressing, L’Oréal Professionnel, Goldwell, Fellowship President Karine Jackson and Fellowship Chairman Jo Martin, past HABB President Lynn Hickey at Sean Hannah, Julie Allen from Jools PR, Sue Davis Salons, Charlie Miller salon, Jarrisons Hair, Jeff Goodwin Hair, Red Salons, Russell Eaton, The Chapel, Sarai Hair and Beauty, and Scruffs.

A special shout out goes to the top fundraisers Arthur Ehoff and Sue Davis who raised over £2,500 and Karine Jackson over £1,600 for the charity.

“Our charity Bike Ride has always been a great fundraising exercise for the charity. We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support for the Italian bike ride. Victor was outstanding and was so passionate in encouraging his peers to join him and help raise the much-needed money we need to help others. All the money the riders raised goes directly to the beneficiaries, so it’s great for them to know their hard work will really make a significant difference,” concludes The Hairdressers Charity President, David Drew.

Find our about the 2018 Bike Ride in Portugal here.