Barbers & Hairdressers Unite to Raise Funds for Cancer Charity

Two barbering educators, Mike Taylor and Alison Scattergood, have organised an exciting weekend devoted to raising money and awareness for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), from the 19th May – 21st May 2018. 

CHECT is the only UK charity dedicated to helping people affected by retinoblastoma (Rb), which is a rare form of eye cancer that affects young children, mainly under the age of six.

At just six weeks old, Alison Scattergood, hair and barbering lecturer at East Durham College and Ambassador for the MHFed, was diagnosed with Rb. At this time, her only option was enucleation (removal of the eye), before an artificial eye was put in its place. 

Mike Taylor, of Mike Taylor Education and Head Educator for the Great British Barbering Academy, was given the devastating news that his two year old daughter, Alice had Rb. Specialists gave a 50% chance of saving her eye with chemotherapy treatment. 

After discovering that his daughter had been diagnosed with the same cancer that Alison had as a child, he received support and encouragement from both her and the CHECT. When the pair met at Barber Connect in June, they decided that they wanted to show their support to the CHECT.


On Saturday 19th May, Alison and Mike are asking all barbershops and hair salons to get involved in raising awareness of childhood eye cancer by getting each member of staff to wear eye patches for the day. "Hairdressers and barbers are the biggest employed sector in the UK so we really hope to gain massive awareness of CHECT and Rb. This will lead to discussions between clients and staff and get the word out there - also you may be able to get some press coverage,” said Mike and Alison. 

On Sunday 20th & Monday 21st May, Hair and Barber UK have generously donated two stages at their show to Mike and Alison's project, where they will host two days of extraordinary talent in both hair and barbering. As well as demonstrations, there will also be a prize draw and raffle, with some fantastic prizes to be given away. Big named brands and individuals have already pledged their support for this amazing fundraising initiative for CHECT.


Hair and Barber UK are held at the NEC, Birmingham on the 20th & 21st May 2018, along with Beauty UK and Holistic Health. Join the leading names in the industry for inspiring educational programmes, competitions and the latest product and treatment innovations, as well as networking opportunities and exclusive offers from the 750 brands attending the shows.


To get involved or find out more about CHECT, contact Diane Emery at

For Hair/Barber UK stage enquiries, contact Mike Taylor at 

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