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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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
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: