Aside from being pros with a pair of scissors, these volunteer hairdressers had each experienced a big win on The National Lottery. Working alongside Haircuts4Homeless founder, Stewart Roberts MBE, the team were put to work at the Huggard Centre, a leading centre for people who are homeless and sleeping rough in Wales.
With support from the dedicated team at the Huggard Centre, The National Lottery millionaires got snipping, determined to help make a small difference using their hairdressing skills. As the hairdressers coiffed and trimmed, laughed and chatted, their partners were also on hand with mirrors for the all-important reveal. Over the course of the day, more than 20 of the Huggard Centre clients enjoyed a moment of respite from the daily challenges of life on the streets.
Busy with the scissors were National Lottery millionaire and full-time hairdresser, Richard Davies, who won £1M in 2018 with wife Faye, as well as Geraldine Bradley, who continued to run her salon with husband Chris following their £3.5M National Lottery win in 2006. Geraldine said: “We have all been humbled by the work of the Huggard Centre and Haircuts4Homeless, as well as the team’s ability to provide small positive moments for those experiencing homelessness in Cardiff. We know we haven’t really solved anyone’s problems today, but we really hope that each recipient of our haircuts will know that we cared.”
Richard Davies added: “If any hairdressers in Wales are thinking “is this for me?”, the answer we would give is absolutely yes! We were able to provide our Huggard clients with the moment of calm that comes from having a haircut. Plus, the look on some of their faces when the haircut was revealed – and the extra spring in their step as they walked away – that will stay with me for a very long time.”
Haircuts4Homeless was established by Stewart Roberts MBE, in 2014 and since then has opened more than 70 projects across the UK and Ireland, recruited 600 volunteers and given over 50,000 free haircuts. Stewart said, “It’s really important for us to make it clear that our service is back in Wales after a break caused by the pandemic.”
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