On Sunday 26th March, three local hairdressers donated their time and skills to give free haircuts to people struggling to cope with rising living costs.

Laraine Rose, owner of Twelve Hair Salon in Chandler’s Ford, already regularly visits The Winchester Beacon to cut residents’ hair. Keen to reach more people battling rising costs, Laraine decided to team up with two fellow hairdressers for a special event open to people across Winchester.

Award-winning hairdresser Laraine was joined by JC Aucamp, owner of Salon Sustainability in Hythe and Tracie Sheppard from House of Hair in Bishopstoke. The team of hairdressers were kept busy for almost four hours cutting over twenty people’s hair. The event was promoted by local homelessness agencies, the city’s foodbanks and community centres to raise awareness amongst those most in need.

Megan came with her partner for a cut, she explained what the haircut meant to her: “I haven’t had my haircut for a long time, it is so expensive. I have been cutting it myself or my partner has tried to do it for me. Today means a lot.”

Laraine was pleased with the response to her idea: “It has been great to meet so many people today and work as a team to help them. Hopefully we have saved them some money and also boosted their self-esteem with new haircuts.”

People attending asked if it could become a regular event so Laraine with The Winchester Beacon to make this possible. The event was supported by the Winchester branch of Savills who donated their gazebo for the day.

Michèle Price, Chief Executive of The Winchester Beacon, commented: “We hugely value Laraine’s support for our residents and it has been fantastic to see that kindness extended today to other people struggling to make ends meet. She is an inspiration.”

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