‘Some people say we have saved their life’ – Stoke-on-Trent charity celebrates 10 years supporting young people


Stoke-on-Trent organisation Ruff and Ruby have expanded their charity with a new barbers.

Barber Steve Hughes has taken Fades and Grades barbers to the Ruff and Ruby rooms, at The Potteries Centre in Hanley.

And a percentage of each haircut will be going straight back into Ruff and Ruby, to allow the team to continue helping young people grow and develop.

Ruff and Ruby founder Dawnie Reynolds, said: “Steve is a local barber and he’s very interested in the DNA of Ruff and Ruby as a charity with purpose.

“We wanted to expand and we asked Steve if he’d like to get involved with a barber shop – he offers great haircuts at really reasonable prices.

Ruff and Ruby founder Dawnie Reynolds

“We’re changing the world one haircut at a time now!”

However, due to the recently imposed Tier 4 regulations, the barber shop isn’t open at the moment.

The charity celebrated their tenth anniversary on November 11 – and Dawnie says that it’s ‘gone in the blink of an eye’.

“It’s amazing,” she said, “because now we are seeing adults coming to us saying, ‘you came to my school 10 years ago, do you remember me?’ Some people have even told us that we have saved their life.

“We are able to see the tangible difference that we have made to people’s lives, and we get so many lovely messages all the time.

“It really has gone in the blink of an eye. Our tenth year is a really exciting one, we’ve built up so many great relationships over the year in our great city.

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“Our ethos is still the same and we still have the passion to raise the self-worth of young people, and we do that in so many ways, including our bedroom revamps which have been amazing.

“We have a great team and the people really make this city.

“We want to shape the next decade and we are already looking ahead to the next 10 years. We feel like after last year, we can see with perfect vision, 2020 vision!”

You can find out more about Ruff and Ruby on their website and keep up with Fades and Grades barbers on Instagram.





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