Manicures, massages and hairstyling sessions were enjoyed by visitors to a Birmingham shopping centre this week – all in aid of a great cause.

The pamper sessions, provided by hair and beauty students from Bournville College, proved a hit with shoppers at Northfield Shopping Centre, who donated to the Tiny Babies, Big Appeal.

 Student Sam Richards straightens the hair of Robyn Hollier from Selly Oak
Student Sam Richards straightens the hair of Robyn Hollier from Selly Oak

The appeal helps sick and premature babies at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and other units across the West Midlands. The aim is to raise funds for much-needed, vital equipment to enable staff to care for more babies

Mum-of-three Kerry Grannell from Quinton had a manicure and loved the result. “My nails are beautiful, a really good job,” she said. “They are pinky, purple with little love heart stickers on them. I came shopping with my friend and we didn’t know this was happening but it’s really good.”

Robyn Hollier of Selly Oak, a mum-of-three, was shopping with a friend when she spotted the sessions and took the opportunity to have her hair straightened, as well as a hand massage. “It’s lovely, really relaxing and is for a really good cause,” she said. “It’ll also save me straightening my hair for a while.”

First in the queue was Kim Dalton from Selly Oak, who enjoyed a manicure. Kim, a store assistant at Ponden Mill at the centre, had her nails painted metallic green with green glitter. “My nails are lovely and sparkly and I’ll be showing them off all day,” she said.

“The pampering sessions were happening outside where I work and it was too good an opportunity to miss. I made a donation and my nails have been transformed.”

Kim’s manager Steven Cardwell, from Coventry, had a head massage. “It was certainly an experience,” he laughed.

Becci Nicholls, hairdressing course team leader at Longbridge-based Bournville College, said: “The college has a history of charity work and we regularly carry out volunteer pampering days at hospitals in the area, particularly with cancer patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The event at Northfield has been really popular with lots of people making donations, even people who didn’t have a pamper session but were still keen to help.”

The event proved popular with shoppers and raised £150 for the charity.

Northfield Shopping Centre manager Adam Meade said: “This event proved a real hit and raised much-needed funds for a great, local charity.

“We’re always keen to enhance the experience of our customers and events like this do just that, helping people to relax and have a great time.”

Northfield Shopping centre is home to more than 40 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 650 parking spaces. More details at www.northfieldshopping.co.uk

Student Sarah Whitehead gives a manicure to Kerry Grannell from Quinton
Student Sarah Whitehead gives a manicure to Kerry Grannell from Quinton
Student Claire Barley Sam Richards gives Steven Cardwell a head massage
Student Claire Barley Sam Richards gives Steven Cardwell a head massage
Kim Dalton First in the queue was Kim Dalton from Selly Oak, who enjoyed a manicure by student Claire Barley. Kim, a store assistant at Ponden Mill at the centre, had her nails painted metallic green with green glitter.
Kim Dalton First in the queue was Kim Dalton from Selly Oak, who enjoyed a manicure by student Claire Barley. Kim, a store assistant at Ponden Mill at the centre, had her nails painted metallic green with green glitter.

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