Barber shop quartet raise money for cancer charity following death of customer

Pictured (from the left) are hairdressers Cheryl Woodhouse, Victoria Ogilvie, Lisa Ainsworth and Zoe Wooding. Picture: Eddie Dillon.

Pictured (from the left) are hairdressers Cheryl Woodhouse, Victoria Ogilvie, Lisa Ainsworth and Zoe Wooding. Picture: Eddie Dillon.

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Staff from a Kings Langley barber shop have raised money for a hospice after a customer lost their battle with cancer.

Cheryl Woodhouse, Lisa Ainsworth, Victoria Ogilvie and Zoe Wooding from the Barber Lounge, High Street, worked for free on Sunday, May 4, to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis.

The day was set up after one of the shop’s long standing customers, Brendan Beasley, 64, died earlier this year after a battle with prostate cancer.

Brendan received care from the home and outpatient visits at the hospice’s Spring Centre after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Before he died, Brendan was keen to support the hospice and its work.

Victoria Ogilvy, stylist at the Barbers Lounge, said: "We wanted to support the Hospice of St Francis because we know how much they helped Brendan. Even when he was going through his treatment, he always had a smile on his face. Another customer’s girlfriend lost her mum there last November. They touch so many people’s lives - we just wanted to do something to say thank you."

Zoe Wooding, barber at the Barber Lounge, said: "It went really well. We did a raffle before the event, where we raised £1,100 and on the day we raised £800, so in total, we raised £1,900. It is fantastic - we are really pleased."

Hospice community fundraising officer Jamie Smith said: "We’d like to thank all the staff at the Barber’s Lounge, all the local Kings Langley High Street shops who donated raffle prizes and photographer Eddie Dillon for capturing a great day on camera.

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