At the end of September, Anthea walked a night time marathon through the streets of London to raise money for Cancer Research. It took her ten and a half hours and she was completely exhausted at the finish line. A large glass of champagne, a decent breakfast and twelve hours sleep restored her to perfect health though! She was delighted to raise £770 and thanks all the staff and clients who donated to this worthy cause.
On 26th April Philip ran the 2015 London Marathon, he is still taking donations but the total raised at the time of counting is £3025!
We have been involved in this project since its inception but more heavily this year.
* Stylists have offered free haircuts to guests weekly.
* Anthea and Kirsty have put in regular overnight shifts.
* Philip has cooked delicious shepherds pies to feed everyone.
* Our salon assistants have laundered hundreds of sleeping bags.
* We’ve donated shampoo, conditioner and towels.
* We’ve become an unofficial hub for our clients to drop off food, toiletries, clothing and cash donations.
As a team, we recognise how fortunate we are to have jobs, stable family lives and lovely homes. We know not everyone is as lucky. Being involved with this charity gives us the opportunity to reach people in need in a very immediate and intimate way. It makes the best use of our resources, from hairdressing skills to our industrial washing machines and dryers.
The night shelter runs from December to March. It aims to reach those in the most need with an emphasis on practical assistance; getting as many of the guests as possible off the streets and into permanent, safe accommodation.
On Saturday 7th March, several of the team went along to support Anthea as she hosted yet another one of her fabulous murder mystery evenings. This one was called Slaughter at Scout Camp and was written especially for Boughton Monchelsea Scouts and Cubs to raise money to send their Group Scout Leader Karen Filmer (also a client of the salon) to the World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Japan. An amazing £450 was raised during the evening and Karen has booked another murder mystery for the same weekend next year!
This local charity helps and supports mothers in the community; especially young, single or disadvantaged women. They run parenting courses, offer gift boxes to new mothers and run a befriending service amongst other things.We help them by:
* Donating cosmetic products for the boxes.
* Offering ‘free makeover’ vouchers to those who successfully complete a training course.
All of the teamget involved, from receptionists to salon assistants as well as hairdressers and beauty therapists.We’ve supported this charity since last year, prompted by the fact that many of us are parents and recognise the struggles that new parents can face.
The high level of support and guidance that the Princess Project offers is invaluable and will help build strong communities in the future.
We are always very happy to consider applications for work experience, be that from schools or colleges. Please email or call the salon in the first instance and ask for Kirsty.
This is a national charity set up by Trevor Sorbie. It trains hairdressers in the art of wig fitting and helps connect them with the people who need them most; namely people suffering from medical hair loss.
We became part of this network last year when Anthea went to London to learn the details of the service. Since then she has trained her senior stylists to also deliver this service.
We have teamed up with a chemotherapy nurse to give us more insight into the trauma patients might be suffering and the best ways to approach this sensitive subject. A former hairdresser currently undergoing chemotherapy came to our training session to explain the practical details and psychological impact of wig wearing.
We became involved with this charity because one of our salon assistants was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, the treatment for which led to total hair loss. This made us all realise how traumatic this can be and exposed the fact that we were not qualified to help her; something which we felt very motivated to address.
To compliment this service, our beauty therapists perform ‘Sleekbrows’ application. This is the most effective, non-invasive eyebrow treatment available. It is very safe for sensitive skins yet transforms a person’s looks for greater confidence and self-esteem.
We are happy to be used as a drop off point for non-perishable food for the local food bank. Anthea takes this to her church (St. Paul’s in Boxley Road) and it is distributed from there.
Philip is a committee member on Maidstone Town Team, a group of volunteers who enrich town centre life for residents and businesses through activities and events for the community. Recent successes include the attractive lighting all around the Town Hall which really makes a feature of this beautiful, historic building.
Anthea and Philip live close to Vinters Valley Nature Reserve (located near the salon) and wrote a murder mystery play set in the reserve during WW2 to raise funds for this charity. This very successful evening took place in November 2013. Many of the team were involved as actors, backstage or crew.
We raised £1500 and we have written more plays (free of charge) to raise funds for:
* St. Paul’s Church,
* Adults with learning disabilities
* Boughton Monchelsea Scouts.
Last summer the whole team built a Bug Hotel there as a kind of ‘corporate day out’. Team members brought their children and great fun was had by all. The warden reassures us that plenty of bugs have checked into our hotel since.
We are very happy to give talks to local schools, colleges, WI’s or anything of the kind. We can tailor the talks to be more career orientated, more scientific or even about the history of hair. Please get in touch with Anthea to discuss this if you would be interested.
In an attempt to minimise our impact on the environment, we donate our old towels and newspaper to a local dog shelter and our old magazines to a retirement home for the residents.
We are all proud to say that we are now ‘Dementia friends’ following a training course that we all attended to help us better understand this condition.