About the appeal

Launched in 2010, HAIRraising is a fundraising appeal aiming to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Founded by John Frieda and some of the leading lights of the hairdressing world, the appeal asks you salons and customers to raise money by organising your own fundraising events or by taking part in one of our HAIRraising fundraisers!

HAIRraising has raised over £1.5 million to date, thank you so much to everyone who took part and donated.

How your money has helped

The hospital has new operating theatres that allow our surgical teams to carry out the very latest procedures. Going into hospital for surgery can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience for a child, so we do everything we can to minimise their distress. To help with this, the neurosciences clinical team were very involved in the design of the new theatres.

We could not have done this without the fabulous British hairdressing industry so thank you for your continued support!

Take a look at the video below to see how your donations made a difference. 

Video – HAIRraising thank you

Find out more about this amazing milestone in our thank you video below

If the video is not showing, please watch it on YouTube

A video transcript is also available.

Future fundraising

HAIRraising is well on its way to raising another £1 million, and our efforts have now turned to the hospital’s new respiratory unit, due to open in 2017. The new unit will provide spacious bedrooms with en-suite facilities that allow parents or carers to sleep by their child’s bedside overnight. A high dependency unit will also allow parents and carers to rest in comfort throughout the day as well as provide space for medical equipment.

The money raised from the HAIRraising appeal will go towards building a new respiratory ward at the hospital, as part of our redevelopment programme.

In the event that HAIRraising meets its fundraising goal, any additional funds will be used to support the aims of the charity and help contribute to other essential projects, allowing Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide inspirational and world-class care to hundreds of children every day. If we are not able to reach the entire target the remainder of funds required will be met by the charity.

Read more about the hospitals' redevelopment.