Blackpool based VLLancs offer haircuts and styling for hard-working NHS staff

Newspapers have been full of headlines recently about the winter pressures facing our NHS.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 3:30 pm
VLLancs are offering NHS staff hair treatments for a donation to Blue Skies Hospital Fund. Pictured is trainee hairdresser Destiny Nixon with Lauren Codling from Blue Skies.

Seasonal illnesses like flu, combined with cold weather have seen a surge in people needing hospital treatment.

And to help and thank hard-working NHS staff, VLLancs training provider, based in Blackpool and Preston, is offering them haircuts and styling as a treat.

VLLancs delivers hairdressing and barbering, teaching and learning, assessor award and functional skills qualifications.

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For a donation of £5, workers at Blackpool Hospitals Trust can choose from a range of hair services – including blow-dries, hair-ups, plaiting and twists, as well as gents’ haircuts and wet shaves – from tomorrow until Friday, February 2.

The proceeds will go to Blue Skies Hospital Fund, the charity dedicated to enhancing patient care for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Yvonne Ellis, head of operations at VLLancs, said: “We were asked by Christie Lee Bonn, from Blackpool Victoria Hospital, if we could give NHS staff a treat or thank you.

“VLLancs is more than happy to support the NHS staff and give them a treat.

“Due to winter pressures, they have been flat-out working on the wards and had little time to be festive. We thought this might be a great way to say thank you.

“Funny Girls is doing a special event on February 2 for NHS workers and we thought maybe people might like to have their done ready for that.

“We just want to do something nice for those who help others.

“We also hope it will raise awareness about what NHS staff do and how hard they work. When most people are enjoying time off at traditional holiday times like Christmas, they are often still working.

“It helps our learners too, to gain experience and potential clients. And of course, the money from donations will be going to Blue Skies, so will help patients.”

Hair colouring is not available as part of the scheme, due to the fact a patch-test needs to be carried out before hair is dyed to check for allergies.

Hospital staff can book an appointment by calling (01253) 302410 or (01772) 821123.