Brighouse hairdresser backs £,4,800 Overgate Hospice fundraiser

Ladies night helps boost Elland-based hospice for people with terminal illnesses

Gary Taylor of Edward & Co hairdressers in Brighouse

Kind-hearted hairdressers were a cut above the rest at a charity fundraiser.

A Brighouse salon owner Gary Taylor offered his support to an Overgate Hospice fundraiser that raised £4,800.

The ladies fashion show and charity evening took place at Bertie’s Banqueting Suites in Elland recently.

Top hairdresser and former North Western Hairdresser of the year, Gary Taylor of Edward & Co, joined forces with hospice volunteer Michelle Taylor to provide all the high fashion hair styling for the fundraising event attended by 200 people.

Helped by his team of Heather Taylor, Emma Mitchell, Pamela Adamson and Annabelle Taylor, the hairdressers transformed 14 models, all volunteers themselves, and who all wore stunning clothing taken from the local Overgate Hospice charity shop.

Gary, owner of the Bradford Road salon, said: “Overgate Hospice is a place we’ve always supported as a salon and will continue to support for years to come.

“When Michelle approached me about providing a styling team for the backstage of the fashion show there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to get involved.”

The hairdresser has created a specialist ‘Hair Peace’ for people with medical hair loss. The salon creates bespoke wigs and smaller individual hair pieces to hide any bald patches for clients.

He added: “Our aim is to make medical hair loss a less taboo subject so that the people who really need it can come forward to us and allow our team to help, support and give them back the confidence in life that they truly deserve.

“So if this helps just a handful of people to seek help, then for me it was all worth it.

“The crowds were fantastic and it was a really great evening. I feel very proud to have been part of it. Thank you to Michelle for inviting us along.

“I’m so pleased we managed to raise so much money for a worthy cause.”

Overgate Hospice runs a day care and respite facility for those who suffer from terminal illnesses.

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