Sisters Celebrate Business by Raising Cash for Hospice

by Catherine Smyth Media

SISTERS celebrated 35 years in business together by holding a fundraising afternoon that raised £3,000 for Rossendale Hospice.

Brenda Bottomley and Denise Dott run Heads Above hair salon in Deardengate, Haslingden.

They trained separately, Denise in hairdressing at Haslingden salon One Cut Above and Brenda in barbering at Paul’s in Helmshore.

In 1981 when they opened their own salon it was initially over the top of a town centre shop and was known as Brenda and Denise’s soon after they relocated and Heads Above was opened on Deardengate.

To celebrate their milestone in business they booked Rossendale Golf Club, in Haslingden, and welcomed 150 friends over the afternoon including many more former apprentices, clients, colleagues from the industry, family and friends.

Tickets were sold in advance and balloons were sold for £5, inside one was a week’s accommodation in Tenerife and the lucky winner was Susan Hayhurst who used to work with Brenda 42 years ago at Paul’s.

Denise said: “The balloons were a huge hit. Brenda and her husband Frank spent ages blowing them all up and then everyone jumped on them to burst them in the middle of the hall.”

Brenda and Denise have always supported Rossendale Hospice and now also have personal reasons for raising money for the charity.

Brenda said: “We were absolutely over the moon with the amount of former staff that came along to support us. Many of them now run their own salons in Rossendale and Accrington and they said it was thanks to the training they received from us.”

Denise added: “We are very proud of our former staff and it is wonderful to see them doing so well too.”

Denise has been hairdressing for 40 years and Brenda has been barbering for 42 years.

Brenda added: “We would like to thank Rossendale Golf Club for donating a free venue and everyone who supported us by attending. Thanks also to our staff and clients at Heads Above for all the support that they give us.

“Over the years we have raised more than £100,000 for many different charities.”

At the fundraiser singer Daniel Waters provided the entertainment.

Chairman of Rossendale Hospice Chris Durkin thanked Brenda and Denise for their generosity. She said: “I attended the event and myself and my friend were made really welcome. The entertainment was superb and we had a lovely afternoon.

“I would like to say a big thank you for all the money they have raised for the hospice over the years.”

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