Weʼre raising £3,000 to support three charities from a fundraiser to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Antony & Patricia hairdressing
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Civic Pride Rossendale, Motor Neurone Disease Research (Manchester Branch) and Tor View Specialist Learning Community will benefit from a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of a Rawtenstall business.
Antony and Patricia Hair Salon first opened on Newchurch Road on October 17 1969 and Director Tony Winder is still steering the ship and overseeing developments which now include nautical-themed Bosun’s Barbers and a children’s salon Noah’s Ark.
The salon relocated to Bank Street in 1972 and has been a key business on the high street ever since.
Tony said: “On Saturday August 31 I will be inviting people to The Whitaker in Rawtenstall where there will be food and entertainment and attendees will be asked to make a donation and support fundraising that will benefit three worthy causes.
“I have selected Civic Pride Rossendale because of the amazing job they do to keep the Valley clean and tidy.
“Money will also be raised for Motor Neurone Disease Research because a good friend of mine and fellow hairdresser John Edmondson has the disease.
“The third charity to benefit will be Tor View Specialist Learning Community because of the links the salon has had since we opened our special autism room ‘The Lifeboat’ in the children’s salon.”
Past and present colleagues, family and friends will receive special invitations and all guests are asked to make a donation into a charity fund.
The event is limited to 125 people and the charities are being asked to organise and sell raffle tickets to raise further funds.
Entertainment will be provided by Rossendale artist the Lomax Brothers, singer Charlotte May Tomlinson. and Joe Teoli
Chairman of the Friends of Tor View Vanessa Prater has been a client of the salon since before the specialist Noah’s Ark Children’s Salon opened.
She said: “I have four children and one has complex special needs and since Noah’s Ark opened I have been a real advocate. Staff are all well trained and it is a relaxed, child-friendly and welcoming place making it a much nicer experience for the whole family.
“We are bidding to get a sports hall at the school, as we are the only secondary school in the Valley without one.”
Tony used to be president of Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show and when the organisation disbanded Civic Pride Rossendale was one of the beneficiaries from the left over funds.
Chairman Chris Blomerley said: “Tony has always been a great supporter of us and we are delighted that Civic Pride Rossendale has been invited to be a part of the celebration of Antony and Patricia’s 50 very successful years in business.”
The organisation is always busy and has just taken delivery of a grant-funded commercial greenhouse to offer opportunities to volunteers of all abilities to be able to help the organisation.
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