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Helmsley gets a new hair do with Funk & Fur charity event to help the homeless

Helmsley will play host to fundraising event ‘THE HAIR DO presents Funk & Fur’ on Saturday 3rd December, raising money for a local homeless charity.

Organised by Handford Hairdressing and The Barber Lounge, both in Helmsley, and Vintageous Rags of Middlesbrough, the event will open its doors at 7pm at The Royal Oak in Helmsley with all proceeds going to local charity ARC LIGHT.

The night will include live hair demos, a catwalk show, raffle and live music from pop and soul acoustic musician KingFast and indie rockband Paisley Sundae. Tickets can be purchased at Handford Hairdressing and The Barber Lounge or on the night and cost £10 Seated and £5 Standing.

ARC LIGHT has been based in York since 1999 and provides accommodation and necessary support to homeless men and woman in the city, along with those who are at risk of homelessness.

Last year Jade Handford of Handford Hairdressing took to the streets of York in search of rough sleepers to offer them her time and a haircut in the hopes this small gesture could make a big difference. She continues to do this and also bases herself at ARC LIGHT once a month to provide haircuts to the residents.

Jade commented: “Homelessness is an issue I have been passionate about helping for some time, and as family businesses, we like to try and do our bit. Whether that’s offering a free haircut to someone and treating them with dignity and respect, or raising money to support the amazing work ARC LIGHT does, we are happy to be involved. We just hope the local community come along and support the event – they’ll have a fantastic time, so it’s really a win-win situation! We are still taking donations for our raffle too and would be so grateful of any extra support people could provide with that. We hope to catch as many people there as possible to join us in raising as much as we can for this great charity whose work is invaluable, especially at Christmas time.”

The event will take place after a day of festive fun in Helmsley, to mark Small Business Saturday, and the launch of the town’s Angel Festival.