We really enjoyed the Hair & Beauty Charity annual fundraising ball! There were 200 guests from across the industry and an impressive £9,000 was raised on the night.
The glamorous evening was held at Atmosphere 28, Millbank Tower on the Embankment. It involved networking, a runway show, awards, entertainment and fundraising. Samantha Grocutt, managing director of Essence PR and president of Hair and Beauty charity was hosting.
The Jeffery Bonn Fundraising Award, in recognition of long-standing charity treasurer and trustee Jeffery who passed away in 2018, was presented to Darrel Starkey-Gettings from Taylor Hair Studio . His passion and ideas for raising funds and awareness have been remarkable. The President’s Award was presented to Toby Dicker from The Chapel for his dedication and support in championing the charity over many years including his 2019 London to Barcelona bike ride that raised over £9,000 for the charity.
Big highlight of the evening was a stunning runway show themed ‘Diversity’. Guest hair artists included Charlie Taylor for Wella Professionals, Charles Worthington for L’Oreal Professional, Tracey Devine-Smith for ASP and Linnaean Art Team for Goldwell. Nails were provided by OPI, lashes from Salon System and makeup from professional salon brand, Delilah Cosmetics. Charity beneficiaries, hairdresser Katie Barnes and beauty therapist Jodie Keegans talked about their personal experiences on how the charity has been able to support them in their time of need.
The evening encouraged donations on the night through guest pledges and an interactive Heads & Tail game hosted by ‘hairdresser from hell’ entertainer, Lisa Q Jones.
“What an evening! The venue with its stunning London skyline that took guests breaths away, our very powerful guest beneficiaries speakers who really helped to explain the great work the charity is doing at the grass roots of helping those in need, to the recognition of our two award winners plus the fun and laughter everyone had raising money on the night, was just wonderful. It’s very easy to forget that there are many, many people in our industry struggling and it’s important that events like our fundraising ball help to bring that message to the limelight charity,” concluded Samantha Grocutt.
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