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Lynn’s Town Hall and Corn Exchange will be lit up in purple on Monday as part of charity Pandora Project’s ‘Paint it Purple’ campaign.
Throughout September, hair and beauty salons in Lynn and across West Norfolk have decorated their salons and staff dressed in purple are painting hair and nails purple to highlight awareness for the charity which supports women and children affected by domestic abuse.
Many salons are involved in the campaign as often clients disclose personal information to their hairdressers and with training from the Pandora Project it means workers in the industry can help point people in the direction of support.
Hairdressers and beauticians will be able to be better informed how to assist a client if they are suffering from domestic abuse and to provide a lifeline to the charity.
The depth of the role of hair and beauty workers in this context goes far beyond just a surface level.
Salons involved in Pandora’s Project Paint it Purple are Dolls House Beauty, Aphrodite, Beautique , Bliss, Boldero and Filby, Christina Green, Eleanor Kirby, Envy, Everybody Hair and Beauty, Hospital Hair salon, Impressions, Indulge Beauty, Keelies, Panache, Purfleet Studio, Sabina Nelson, and Verus Amor.
Louisa Tostevin, manager of Envy Hair, on Purfleet Street, in Lynn said: “When we were contacted by the Pandora Project we didn’t hesitate to say yes and get involved straight away.
“We have had so many comments about the purple flower window display and people popping in that we are able to then explain what we are doing and spread the word a little bit about Paint It Purple.
“It is for a brilliant cause and we have had a good response from customers.”
Carl and Donna Dancaster, managers of Verus Amor in West Raynham said: “We wanted to support this worthwhile cause as no one should feel unsafe or be abused in their own home, men, women or children.
“It’s a cause close to our hearts and we feel that spreading the word of this charity to everyone who may need it is very important.
“With the rise of domestic abuse during this pandemic, spreading the word of such support is important now more than ever.”
The Pandora Project said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response from salons in and around Lynn who are backing our Paint it Purple campaign and would like to thank them all for their involvement and enthusiasm.
“The campaign is a fun way of raising awareness about a serious issue. When women talk to their hairdressers about their lives, they often disclose a lot of information.
“By partnering with salons and supporting those in the industry, we believe we can support more women whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse.
“We are excited to see the town hall and Corn Exchange be lit up purple on September 13 to celebrate Pandora Project’s eighth birthday, especially during the month of our Paint it Purple campaign.”
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