Requests for financial support surge during COVID-19, industry charity reports
As hairdressers and barbers begin to reopen across the country, The Hair & Beauty Charity has revealed it has received an unprecedented increase in requests for financial support during lockdown.
With thousands of hair, beauty and barber salons closed and industry professionals unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions, the official charity for the hair and beauty sectors reported a tremendous rise in requests for help over the last three months.
During April to June 2020, it saw a 78% increase in requests for support. In the first month of lockdown, the charity saw its monthly expenditure rise by 105%. Financially, the charity has distributed over £60,000 to beneficiaries during the crisis; an increase of 75% year on year.
“Although we're grateful that the hair and barbering sector can now return to work, there are still thousands of beauty professionals in limbo, not knowing when they can start to operate and start working again,” comments President, Samantha Grocutt. “We've helped a huge amount of people over the last three months, but we aren't over the crisis and the need for urgent financial help yet. The charity was established in 1853 to help those in financial need and never before have we had to support the industry in such a manner.”
During these unprecedented times, the charity has been working hard to assist those who need it the most. Despite the charity experiencing a major loss of income due to several of its fundraising activities and events being cancelled, it has been able to support beneficiaries through setting up a Relief Fund that has currently raised £30,000 during the crisis.
“The stats speak for themselves; this time last year we were helping 94 beneficiaries but we're now helping 167 beneficiaries, which is a huge increase for a small charity, especially as fundraising is very hard to do during the crisis. Although we expected some of the new beneficiaries to be short term, we are already seeing the need to extend the support, especially to those working in the beauty industry as they can't return to work yet. It's a very worrying time. It's been wonderful to see the support the charity is getting from the industry and we've been grateful to companies and people who have donated to our Relief Fund so far, but the crisis is still happening and we will continue to help our industry as we have for over 150 years,” Samantha adds.
For more information about the charity and its fundraising, visit www.hairandbeautycharity.org