Colourful way to fight cancer


Staff and customers at the Emma Hellier salon in Sackville Road raised £2,738 for Cancer Research UK and The Little Princess’ Trust when they took part in the Colour For Cancer event.

It is the third time that Emma Hellier and her team have held the event , which sees people volunteering to have their head shaved and have colourful hair extensions.

There was a vibrant feel to the event, held on August 30, with colourful food, live music and competitions.

A key element that inspired the event is that every cancer in the world has a colour.

People were able to choose the colour which represents the cancer most special to them, and have a single extension in that colour to show their support for Cancer Research UK.

Matthew Hellier said: “The main event of the day saw a brave group of volunteers allowing our team loose on their hair (or beards) with the clippers, all in the name of charity.”

“Not only did these brave individuals raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK but their hair will also be donated to the Little Princess Trust; who uses the donated hair to make wigs for children receiving cancer treatment.”

Salon Manager Olivia Hall; first initiated the Colour for Cancer event.

She said: “During a regular consultation I was having a discussion with my client Emma regarding the on-going treatment her mother was receiving for liver cancer.

“ She was explaining to me the fact that each and every cancer is represented, in a form of classification, by a colour.”

“Following this conversation we placed a single hair extension in Emma’s hair, in Emerald Green to show her support of her mother fight against that Cancer.”

“This unique show of support became the sole initiator of the annual Colour for Cancer event which is now in its third year.”

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It claims to have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years.

The charity funds research into 200 different types of cancer.

For more information on the work of the charity visit

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