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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.

 

Twisted Scissors Hair Salon Helping Hairdressers Day

 

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

HHD Purple Hair

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

 

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