Britain’s Got Talent violinist Lettice Rowbotham has helped Re-Invention Hair Salon to raise more than £6,000 at their charity event held at Louth Town Hall.
The first celebration night of its kind held on Saturday evening, not only assisted in gathering funds and raising awareness for young suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, but it also supported a number of Louth businesses.
It was held in memory of two young people from Louth who passed away last year, Hanna Westall, 21, and Joshua Spowage, 24, who were both very close to the team at Re-Invention.
Not only did the Re-Invention team help to raise £6,402.63 on the night for PAPYRUS, individual staff members have also been busy doing their own charity fundraising for a selection of worthy causes close to their hearts, from horse riding and running events to charity skydiving plunges. This has brought the overall funds raised for worthy causes to £8,521.31.
Fundraising and communications co-ordinator at PAPYRUS, Laura Green said: “We are incredibly grateful to Jak and Coral for raising awareness for our charity and raising money to maintain our helpline. If anyone needs to talk, our Hopeline UK contact number is 0800 068 4141.”
During the event, 100 VIP guests had four-course meal, followed by short film clips of just some of the Re-Invention team undergoing their charity challenges.
The night brought laughter, tears and an overwhelming sense of respect after Hanna’s mum, Coral Walker, spoke about her daughter and how vital it is to raise awareness of suicide and to try to prevent such tragedies. She also said how important it was to support organisations that can help, like ASIST, which provide essential training.
Coral ended her speech with some powerful words, which silenced the room in a mark of respect and admiration with: “If we can just save one or two people, then I can’t think of a better way for you to spend your money tonight.”
Also during the evening brave Sarah Harness had her head shaved live on stage to raise £600.
A further 100 plus guests enjoyed a buffet, raffle, auction and Jeroboam.
The main entertainment of the evening was of course Lettice and she couldn’t wait to get up on stage: “I’m really excited to perform and I find it more enjoyable performing in smaller places, I feel that there is a real sense of community here, I love Louth.
“I met Jak earlier and he is really adorable and endearing, so it has spurred me on to really go for it tonight.”
Playing a variety of both classical and modern hits, Lettice went down a storm with the audience and got everyone up dancing.
After her performance, Lettice added; “I felt very honoured to be asked to be apart of this event, everyone was so lovely and it was great to interact with the audience. Maybe I should come and live here.”
Owner of Re-Invention, Jak Bakewell added: “I just want to thank everyone who came and supported the event, without your help and support, this evening wouldn’t have been possible and the amount of funds raised was truly overwhelming.”