Fundraising salon a cut above the rest

(l-r) Tracey Spence, Gemma Waring, Marianne Simpson and Ashleigh Pitcher
(l-r) Tracey Spence, Gemma Waring, Marianne Simpson and Ashleigh Pitcher

Staff at a hair salon in Market Weighton have proved they are a cut above the rest when it comes to fundraising.

Austin Charles, on Market Weighton’s High Street, held a Wear it Pink day in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and raised £1,675.

The salon, managed by Tracey Spence, Gemstones Nail and Beauty, run by Gemma Waring, and Total Wellbeing Massage and Beauty, run by Marianne Simpson, which all based within the same building, donated all their takings on the day to the charity. They also dressed in pink, held a cake stall and a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses and residents.

Tracey said: “It is surprising how much we raised this year. Gemma had breast cancer this year. I think people have given more generously knowing Gemma has had breast cancer.”
She added: “I have done this for eight years, all the girls here have done it for the last five years. We raised £1,285 last year so we’ve raised an extra £400 this year.”

Every year, Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear it Pink initiative raises more than £2million during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by asking people to wear something pink and donate whatever they can.