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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

 

Shabby Chic Hair Boutique Festival

We caught up with Shabby Chic Hair Boutique in Wales, after salon owner, Sarah Louise Lane, and her team ran their very own, in-salon festival! We were so excited about it we had to write a blog…

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What inspired you to fundraise for The Hairdressers’ Charity?
We wanted to support a charity that was relevant to the industry, something that would pay back into the industry that we work so hard in. We saw a write up on The Hairdressers’ Charity in one of the industry magazines and decided that supporting hairdressers in need would be a great cause for us to support.

What ways have you been fundraising?
We transformed both our Hair Salon and our Beauty Salon, situated across the road, into a Festival for the day.

Clients bought a ticket which was a Festival lanyard that was used for entry into both Salons. Clients received a goody bag on arrival with gifts that were donated to us from our suppliers, and we did festival hair, makeup and nails for all who attended. Everyone in the area had space buns, glitter partings and glitter make-up – it was like V Festival!

Stations were set up around the Salon demonstrating our variety of products and services that we offer in-Salon and we had a bake-off competition, Hook a Duck and a raffle with prizes donated to us from local companies and our suppliers.

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Brands that donated items for the day, included GHD who donated 120 roll bags to go in the goody bags, Xen-Tan gave us a tanning and exfoliation pack for our raffle, Racoon gave us 100g of hair for use on the day, OPI, and Elite Luxuries LTD supplied samples to us. Thank you to all our suppliers for supporting our fundraiser!

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How successful was your event?
We had such a great day! We are so pleased with the amount we raised (£998.32) for such a great cause. Everyone enjoyed and the event was such a great success! Thank you to all our clients for their support on the day.

Do you have any plans in the future for more events?
After the success of this event we hope to plan another event soon. Watch this space!

What do you love about fundraising?
Fundraising is a great way of getting our clients involved in the Salon in a different and fun way to your usual Salon experience. Our clients are very supportive and loved the way we transformed the Salon into a Festival!

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What was the highlight from your event?
Everything – the atmosphere was fantastic, and everyone had a wonderful time. Above all, knowing the funds raised was going to a wonderful cause was a great feeling.

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What are your top tips for a successful fundraiser?
Plan early in advance and allocate jobs to everyone! Make sure you use all your marketing tools to advertise and publicise your event as soon as you can. Also, make sure all staff know about the Charity and its aims, so that they are armed with answers when asked by clients about the Charity.

Have you got a fundraiser planned for the future? Let us know by calling us on 01234 831888, emailing info@thehairdresserscharity.org or on our social media!

Top 5 Autumn Fundraising Ideas

So it barely feels like we’ve had a summer in England with the constant bad weather –what more do we expect! – and sadly we only have a month left which means Autumn is nearing. However, that means there are some exciting events coming up – Halloween, Bonfire Night, and then the big one in winter which we’ll try and not talk about just yet. They’re all a great excuse to do something fun and raise money for your industry charity, here’s our top 5 autumn fundraising ideas.

Fashion show

Fashion week
If London can host their own fashion week, why can’t you? It doesn’t have to be a full on fashion show, ask your staff to dress to impress each day in return for a donation throughout 15th – 19th September to wow all your customers.

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Halloween
Halloween is one of our favourites. Host a Halloween party in the salon running games, selling cakes and treats. With the help of other local businesses, we’re sure you can get some great prizes to offer for a trick or treat lucky dip! And make sure that everyone remembers to come in fancy dress.

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Bonfire Night
Host your own Bonfire Night. Get help from local salons to organise a fundraising night of toffee apples, sparklers and fireworks! A fun night for everyone, with all proceeds going to a worthy cause, everyone will feel great knowing that they’ve done their bit!

Black Friday Deal
Slash your salon prices and donate the price difference to The Hairdressers’ Charity. This is an easy way to donate without having to put in loads of extra work!

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Easyfundraising
Just as the name suggests, this one really is easy. Sign up to easy fundraising and you can donate to us every time you shop. Updating your autumn wardrobe? Big brands such as ASOS, Debenhams and House of Fraser will donate to us. Shopping for gifts? notonthehighstreet.com will donate 2.5% of your sale. Or when even renewing your car insurance with Aviva they will all donate to us! With 3,255 shops and sites signed up you can donate to us every time you shop.

Whatever you have planned, as usual let us know through social media so we can share all your posts and shout about how great you are!