Morecambe venue staff get the chop for Lancaster cancer charity

Staff at a Morecambe entertainment venue gave the words 'hair-raising' a whole new meaning by donating their luscious locks to charity at a special event.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 7:00 am

More than 60 inches of hair and £1,500 was raised at the Big Hair Chop which took place at the Soul Bowl on Morecambe Promenade and saw six ladies given a shorter style in aid of CancerCare and the Little Princess Trust – an organisation that provides real hair wigs for children receiving cancer treatment.

The event was organised by Soul Bowl owner Meridon Reader, who was inspired by the experiences of a member of her staff who was last year diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 19.

Soul Bowl is CancerCare’s corporate partner for 2020 and has pledged to help the charity raise money to provide free counselling and complementary therapy for local people affected by cancer and bereavement.

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Waiting for the chop.

Meridon said: “It was amazing to be able to raise some funds for CancerCare despite the current circumstances we are all living in.

"Now more than ever it is crucial to help raise funds for local charities and support them as much as we can. Unfortunately, a lot of our events we had planned had to be cancelled so the fact we were still able to do this was a great feeling.

“I am so proud of my team, we absolutely love working with CancerCare and are looking forward to supporting them as much as we can in the future.”

The hairdressing was done by stylist Kay Eldred from the Cutting Rooms in Lancaster, who donated her time free of charge.

Before the chop.

CancerCare chief executive Maria Chambers said: “It is an extremely challenging time for charities like ours so we are incredibly grateful to everyone at Soul Bowl for this wonderful effort.

"CancerCare relies on public donations for 93 per cent of the funds we need to help local people, so money raised at events such as this goes directly to helping people experiencing tough times made even harder by the ongoing pandemic situation.”

For more information about CancerCare visit here

Clockwise from top left, Yulia Velikova, Rebecca Studholme, Violeta Totkova and Meridon Reader.
The donated hair.
Anya Webster.
After the haircut.