Northfield shoppers are in for a treat next week, as local students return to the town’s shopping centre to open a pop-up pamper parlour to raise money for a dedicated charity.
On Wednesday, 19 October, a team of trainee stylists from Bournville College will be at Northfield Shopping Centre, giving people the chance to spoil themselves, and raise vital funds for Birmingham’s Tiny Babies Big Appeal with hair, beauty and nail treatments.
Students will be offering their free services between 9.30am and 3pm and collecting donations on behalf of the special charity run by Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which was originally established in 2008 to help open a Neonatal Centre at Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital.
Becci Nicholls, who is the course team leader for hairdressing at Bournville College said the students couldn’t wait to host another day of pampering at Northfield Shopping Centre. “In April, we hosted our first ever hair and beauty day at the centre and it was a huge success,” she said. “The students managed to raise more than £150 for the Tiny Babies Big Appeal, so this time we are hoping to see even more shoppers enjoying our pop-up salon.
“Throughout the day, we will be offering lots of treatments to people for a small donation to the charity including makeovers, manicures, hand massages, curling and straightening,” Becci added.
“Previously, the students have been along to the Neonatal Centre at Birmingham Women’s Hospital to treat new mums to our services, so the Pamper Day is another fantastic opportunity for the students,” she said. “They will not only get a taste for looking after clients and practicing their skills, but they get firsthand experience at working closely with the community for a brilliant cause.”
Adam Meade, Northfield Shopping Centre manager, said he is looking forward to welcoming the students from Bournville College back to the centre. “Charity fundraising is really important to us at Northfield, so we are really pleased to see the students returning for another Pamper Day,” he said.
“We are encouraging shoppers and retailer staff to stop by and enjoy a treatment for a small donation and I am sure the centre team will be visiting the pop-up salon to spoil themselves.”
“We would like to wish the college team the best of luck with their fundraising next Wednesday,” he said.
Fundraising Manager for Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, Eileen Rock, said the organisation is absolutely delighted to be able to benefit from another Pamper Day with Bournville College and Northfield Shopping Centre. “The students did a fantastic job raising money for the Tiny Babies Big Appeal in April,” she said. “Those funds and the money raised next week will go towards our fundraising to purchase half a dozen electronic tablets to keep youngsters entertained during family appointments at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.”
After two years of fundraising, the £7million centre opened its doors in 2010 and 16 years on the specialist nurses are caring for 1200 babies per year.
“The Pamper Days are a really fun and fabulous way to raise money for our unit, so we would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and students at the college as well as the shoppers and centre team at Northfield Shopping Centre for all their fundraising efforts.”