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Staff at Crossroads Hairdressers on Marton Drive were offering blow dries for a minimum �1 donation to the Wish 'Em Well charity, which supports local families with seriously ill children.'Ready for some charitable hairdressing are L-R: Joanne Gibson, Trudy Heelis, Kathryn Turner, David Reid and Nikki O'Hare.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-10-2013
Staff at Crossroads Hairdressers on Marton Drive were offering blow dries for a minimum �1 donation to the Wish 'Em Well charity, which supports local families with seriously ill children.'Ready for some charitable hairdressing are L-R: Joanne Gibson, Trudy Heelis, Kathryn Turner, David Reid and Nikki O'Hare. PIC BY ROB LOCK'7-10-2013
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These hairdressers armed themselves with hair brushes, blow driers and brightly
coloured tutus to help raise money for a charity which helps poorly children.

Staff at Crossroads Hairdressers at Spen Corner, South Shore, offered people blow-dries for a day, for a minimum £1 donation for children’s charity Wish Em Well.

People were also able to have a manicure in return for a donation of at least £1.

And the salon had collecting tins for customers to donate during the week. The event raised £200.

The Wish Em Well charity provides respite breaks for families of children with life-limiting illness, it provides financial assistance for those families with poorly or disabled children and helps provide vital medical equipment.

Trudy Heelis, who owns the salon, said: “People were very generous, so I must thank our customers and people who came in on the day. We all wore bright coloured clothing and staff gave their time for free.

“I even took advantage and had my hair washed and blow-dried in return for a donation – having my hair done isn’t really something I have to chance to do.

“Everybody had fun and we were just glad to be able to do something to help.

“I try to do something every year to raise money.

“The work the charity does is so important and means so much to the families it helps.”

Money raised by the event will go to Wish Em Well, to help a young local boy called Ben, who is 11 and has lung cancer – a condition very rare in children.

He has to undergo chemotherapy, which means he is vulnerable to infection, so has to spend a lot of time in isolation.

The charity wants to provide a special sterile playroom for him to help him relax and give him somewhere safe to play and have fun.