Hairdressing student, Liza-Jane Lamb, has picked up her scissors for a different type of cut, in support of the NHS. Instead of cutting hair she has been cutting material to make scrubs and other vital equipment to help keep care workers protected.

Liza commented, “I was moved to hear about the shortage of scrubs and PPE so vital in protecting the staff fighting to protect the lives of others. Shortly after the lockdown was announced, I set-up a Facebook fundraiser” she continued, “I owe everything to the NHS, two years ago, I was critically ill. The team in the ICU department at Basingstoke, though their skill and dedication, saved my life, without them, I would not be here today.”

The fundraiser had a £50 target and was intended to raise funds for materials, by the end of the day they had raised £300. Liza is able to continue producing the scrubs required, thanks to the generosity of the community via the fundraiser, and an army of around 20 volunteers supporting production. The group do everything from making complete sets of scrubs, cutting out, sewing up, making hats, making headbands, making bags and dropping off and picking up from self-isolators.

Regarding the support she has received from the community, Liza said, “The wonderful people at The West Berkshire Hub provided us with five patterns completely free of charge, and many local companies have supported by providing vital materials. I have been blown away by the overwhelming support that I have received, people want to help our wonderful NHS service. Donating their time is just as important as donating money, and I have received both in abundance. We will continue to carry on making as long as we are needed, and the fundraising can continue to support this.”

Scrubs, bags, hats and headbands have so far been provided as needed to the following:

Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Berkshire Hospital
Newbury COVID Hub at Newbury Racecourse, the Hub also distribute items around the country.
Local midwives
North Middlesex Hospital
The paediatric ward at Newham General Hospital
Buckingham Healthcare NHS trust
John Radcliffe Hospital

Rachael Elsey, Curriculum Manager, Hair and Beauty, Newbury College, commented “It is heart-warming to see students adapting their skills to support the community. We are very proud of Liza-Jane and all that she has accomplished.”

To find out more about the work that Liza-Jane and her army of volunteers are undertaking, visit the Facebook page, Lizas NHS scrubs.

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Students from our hair and beauty department were in demand at the annual Prom Day Prom Fair event at Donnington Grove Country Club on Sunday 5 February.

The event allows teenagers in West Berkshire to plan and gather ideas for their prom or special occasion and showcases many local businesses.

Students from Newbury College’s Academy Salons provided free hair styling, make up and nail demonstrations for the catwalk models and members of the public. They worked tirelessly throughout the event, which was very well attended, and produced some beautiful and complex styles.

Sarah Evans from Prom Day, said: “We were very impressed with the students and their standard of work on the day. The models looked fantastic on the catwalk.”

Rachael Elsey, Curriculum Manager of Service Industries, said: “The Prom Fair provides a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills whilst working to tight deadlines. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by each learner.”

Click here for more information about hair and beauty courses at Newbury College. Click here to visit the Prom Day website.

To see all of the photos from Sunday’s event, visit our Facebook page.

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