First Ever Hair and Hounds Sponsored Dog Walk

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A fundraising two and four-legged feat brought together two well-documented loves of Gary Hooker and Michael Young: hairdressing and hounds. The sponsored walk was organised in their bid to raise money for charities supporting these two areas: The Hair and Beauty Charity and the Dogs Trust.

This pioneering pets and people walk attracted 310 legs (50 dogs and 55 owners) and was held at Exhibition Park Newcastle raising a phenomenal £1,193. In a bid to raise extra funds, the Hooker and Young team had organised printed t-shirts reflecting the Hair & Beauty Charity colours of purple and sported pictures of either a British Bulldog or Great Dane with quiffs!

The team and our amazing clients really entered into the spirit of the event, we had incredible support with the venue, we sold t-shirts that we had designed to raise extra funds. The t-shirts were made in colours of the Hair and Beauty Charity (purple) with two designs so people could choose either a logo of a bulldog with a quiff or a Great Dane with a quiff.  Our area manager and mascot for the day even dressed up in a doggy body suit! It was great to do this, and we are going to make it an annual event for these two deserving charities that are close to our hearts. - Gary Hooker, Hooker & Young

We are so grateful to the Hooker and Young team for their incredible energy in putting this event together, it would be brilliant to see this become a national event, as we know so many hairdressers are pet lovers too, so maybe this is the start of something big for Hair and Hounds. We will make every penny count of our share of this generous donation to improving lives of hairdressers and their families. - Sam Grocutt, Hair and Beauty Charity

All well-behaved pets and owners went back to the Wilam Brewery afterwards for a nice iced water, or chilled prosecco, courtesy of Gary and Michael. There is still time to donate here if you would like to!

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