A FIREFIGHTER will be turning up the heat in a hair salon to raise cash for charity.
Ken Ball, pictured, will be ditching his day job to join stylists in a Durham salon putting customers in the cutting chair.
Ken, who is assistant district commander of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, has trained part-time for a few years at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus to gain barbering and hairdressing qualifications.
Now, he will be putting these to good use to raise money for The Fraja Ellie Appeal, which is raising money to send a five-year-old cancer victim to America for specialised treatment, and The Firefighters’ Charity.
During his hairstyling studies, Ken last year won a silver medal at the prestigious AHT, The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, national finals in Blackpool in the Men’s Alternative category.
Now, bookings are being taken to let Ken loose on customers’ hair, in return for a donation to the charities, tomorrow from 9.30am to 3pm at Howarth Hairdressing, 6 Market Place, Durham.
Ken said: “I’ve always been interested in hair, and three years ago I decided it was the right time to learn a new skill. I trained in my spare time and in 2012 I became a level three barber, and this year I qualified as a level two hairdresser.
“It’s completely different to my role in the fire service, but I enjoy it, so the salon day seemed the ideal way to raise funds for charity.”
To book an appointment with Ken, phone 07747482723, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.