AN estimated 500 people from the Grantham area came out to raise money and show their support for local teenager Jamie Bates at a fund-raiser in Grantham on Sunday.
The Meres Leisure Centre hosted the ‘Salon Collective’ event, at which local salons collaborated to showcase their range of hairdressing skills and volunteer models showcased the designs down the catwalk to an audience.
It was all in aid of Grantham teen Jamie, who suffered a serious head injury through a freak accident involving a car in July 2010. He is now in the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London where he is learning to walk, talk and live again while he awaits another serious operation to his skull.
‘Salon Collective’ raised over £2,000 for Jamie and his family, organised by Grantham College and Head Room, a salon at which Jamie used to work.
Jamie’s step-father Nigel McHughh, also on behalf of Jamie’s mother Katrina, said: “We would all like to thank every single person that gave up their time and gave up so much to make the night possible. It was amazing the amount of people that still after two years keep Jamie in their thoughts and heart.
“Jamie was devastated that he was unable to be there in person to thank you all for believing in him and all the help you have given to him and his family throughout.”
Further hairdressing skills were showcased by hairdressers employed at local salons and undertaking NVQ Level 3 as part of an advanced apprenticeship through Grantham College, as they took part in their own hair show which had an Olympic theme.
Models were assessed on the overall look, including hair, make-up and costume. They were judged by Charlotte Weston, a freelance bridal hair specialist, and Jennifer Low, owner of Scots Hair Design in Grantham.
The winner was Lucy Smith from Head Office in Grantham, followed by Jeanie Ayton from UK Hair and Beauty in second place.