12:14 Monday 23 December 2013

Barber offers homeless free trim and mince pie

Written byMARK MCKAY

A BURTON barber shop owner will close her town centre salon tomorrow morning to offer a free cut, shave and mince pie for homeless people.

Hairdresser Caz Brown, who runs Blades Barbers, will offer the service to 10 users of the town’s YMCA Reconnect centre, in James Street.

Miss Brown, a 42-year-old mother of two, who has run her business in New Street, Burton, for 14 years, told the Mail: “I’m lucky enough to have healthy children, a family, a business and a happy life.

“I always feel that there are people who don’t have everything and need help from others.

“I’m not minted and can’t afford to give money but I can afford to give my time.

“Christmas is a time when everybody else is happy and has support around them.

“But the homeless might not have that choice to be happy.

Mrs Brown said she came up with the idea after one of her clients, who works for the YMCA in Burton, told her about the work the charity does to help vulnerable families and homeless people in the town.

She said: “The YMCA has been really excited about it.

“There has been such a great response I’ve thought I could do it every year.”

Gillian Cox, who is in charge of appeals and fund-raising for the Burton YMCA, thanked Mrs Brown for offering the service.

She said: “I think it’s lovely how people can be so generous and diverse in their donations.

“Having a haircut is something that, for many homeless people, there is not a lot of money left to for so I think it’s going to be an uplifting experience for them at Christmas.”

The Burton YMCA also collects food donations for vulnerable and needy families at its Reconnect Centre.

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