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Helmsley hairdresser awarded Student of the year at York College

Plus owner of Viva Hair raises funds for Helmsley Arts Centre through sponsored Big Walk

Apprentice hairdresser Chloe Shorter has received a Student of the Year Award from York College. 

Chloe, aged 19, started work at 16 at Helmsley’s Viva Hair one day a week as part of a combined hair and beauty course. Quickly showing her potential, she began a formal apprenticeship, and she has now been promoted to junior stylist.

Chloe, who lives in Rievaulx with her parents, was awarded the Student of the Year Award for a work based learner.

Mandy Silk, owner of Viva Hair which is based in Helmsley’s Barkers Yard, said: “Chloe is a very valued member of our team and we were delighted she won this much deserved award. She had a baby in October and went on maternity leave but has still managed to keep working and finish all her assessments on time and complete her course. We’re all very proud of her and what she’s achieved.

Mandy is undertaking a 40-mile sponsored walk this month to raise money for the Helmsley Arts Centre, for which she is a trustee. Taking on a route from Whitby to Helmsley across 15-16th August with former personal trainer Annie Richardson, the duo hope to raise over £1,000.

Mandy continued: “Part of my role as a trustee of the Helmsley Arts Centre is to help raise funds for this amazing place that offers so much to our town. The walk will be a challenge, especially if it’s hot and sunny, so we’d be delighted if people could spare a few pounds to sponsor us for this very worthwhile cause. Sponsorship forms are available at Viva Hair and the Arts Centre.”