Hairdressing charity SpargoLand recently held their annual charity ball at Orsett Hall in Orsett, Essex, to raise money for the country’s first hair salon designed for people with learning and physical difficulties, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Caroline Inches Oscar Griffiths appeal.
Ian Marshall, owner of Brentwood salon Spargo Hairdressing and founder of the SpargoLand charity, put his heart and soul into organising the charity’s second ball which was twice the size of last year’s and twice as successful. There was entertainment, a raffle, a silent auction and goodie bags with contributions from top hairdressing brands such as Schwarzkopf Professional, Unite and Phillip Kingsley. With friends, family, local businesses and famous faces such as football legends Teddy Sherringham and Paul Konchesky in attendance, donations were generous and amounted to an incredible total of over £15,000!
Proceeds will be split between a three fantastic causes, two of which are Great Ormond Street Hospital and SpargoLand. Great Ormond Street Hospital is a charity that is incredibly close to Ian’s heart. The non-profit Spargoland salon will be designed to cater for children and adults with learning, physical and additional needs. From a sensory waiting area to independent booths that will act as self-contained salons, the salon will offer nail and haircuts as these simple experiences can be challenging and traumatic for people with learning or physical difficulties. Last month, SpargoLand was awarded its charity number, which will give the salon many more fundraising opportunities that will be essential to getting the salon doors open.
Money was also raised on the night for the Caroline Inches Oscar Griffiths appeal. Oscar Griffiths is Ian’s two two year old nephew who suffers from severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Ian considers Oscar to be one of his main inspirations for creating the SpargoLand charity. Money raised is being put towards therapy and equipment for Oscar. With incredibly generous donations including 60 white roses from Will Childs, brother of The Only Way is Essex star Amy Childs, a staggering £960 was raised - which was later doubled by QPR football club defender Paul Konchesky!
“The night was more amazing than we could ever have imagined,” says Ian, “it was incredibly emotional and to be honest, I almost broke down during my speech! We are so grateful for all of the support from both the local and national companies who helped us so much, as well as the support from the community around us to make the night a success. Without them, we’d never be able to succeed in helping the people that really deserve it.”