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District's homeless enjoy pamper night thanks to Helping Hands and local businesses

Laura Kearns 22nd Feb, 2017

A TEAM of beauty therapist volunteers have worked their magic and made the district’s homeless feel a million dollars.

Charity Helping Hands, which supports homeless and vulnerable people, held its third pamper event where people were invited for a makeover and dinner.

Hairdressers Rhapsody Hair opened their doors and provided haircuts to more than 30 people. Manicures were given by Leamington-based Esquè and facials by Vanessa O’Neill.

After a pamper session, clients chose an outfit from the charity’s shop ‘The Lighthouse’, based on Gloucester Street.

Lianne Kirkman, who runs the charity, told the Observer: “It was such a great event and there was such a great atmosphere. We literally saw people relax as they sat in the chair having their hair washed.

“We do this event regularly to show people how special and worthy they are. I think people who are on the streets no longer feel good enough or realise they still have potential to do and achieve great things.

“We feel it’s good to remind people of their worth and even the fact that others are willing to touch and wash their hair and spend some time chatting to them, is a good way to boost their self confidence and esteem.

“They all looked amazing and happy when they left and everyone who took part felt great to be able to make such a difference in this simple way. We will do another event later in the year.”

The charity have thanked a number of businesses who supported the event, including photographer Stuart Paul Beck, Mashed Suede Cafe, Greggs bakers, Haddie and Trilby, Tescos, Raspberry Hair and locals Jo Ashton, Cathie Bailey, Susan Verne and Sarah Gray.

Search for Helping Hands Community Project to find out more.

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