Hairdresssing lecturer and student working on clients at a Help for Heroes event

Students Lend Helping Hand To Spread Christmas Cheer

Students from hair and barbering courses at East Durham College have been to lend a helping hand in an aid to bring some Christmas cheer for a fantastic cause.

Seven students, along with their lecturers travelled to Catterick Garrison, where they visited the sites Help For Heroes recovery centre, Phoenix House.

The facility helps with the recovery of wounded British soldiers offering unique courses and tailored support are available to recovering serving personnel, veterans and families to help them achieve their long-term goals and aspirations.

The centre was officially opened in September 2013 and features 50 en-suite bedrooms, a Support Hub enabling access to a wide range of welfare support, training, presentation and IT suites, a gymnasium with specialist equipment, a café and social areas.

And the students and staff from East Durham College took time out from classes at the Peterlee Campus’s Salon to go along and help prepare the soldiers and their families for the Band of Brothers & Band of Sisters annual Christmas party.

The Band of Brothers refers to the injured and sick servicemen and women, whilst the Band of Sisters for those who support them such as their spouse, parents & children.

College Barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood was proud to be a part of the day and was glad to be able to help spread some Christmas cheer.

Alison said: “We had a fantastic day giving the soldiers and their families at Phoenix House get ready for their Christmas party.

“Cutting hair for our injured soldiers really makes you realise how lucky we are and how our British Army have done our country proud. We should never forget that.

“The students have done a brilliant job and worked really hard to make sure they got everyone at Phoenix House ready for the party, we hope they had a good time.”

Band of Brother/Band of Sisters’ Regional Co-ordinator, Lucy Wray hailed the party as an important event on the Phoenix House calendar and praised the hard work put in by the students and staff who attended from East Durham College’s Salon.

Lucy said: “The Christmas Party is our way of bringing together Band of Brothers members who have been supported by the northern Help for Heroes Recovery Centre during the year.

“It provides them with an opportunity to meet each other and so widen their network of support among others who understand their situation or circumstance. But most of all, it is a great end to the year that really lifts their spirits.

“The hairdressers have worked so hard and been amazing with everyone who came through the door. Almost all the wounded, injured and sick – male and female – took the opportunity to have their hair done and have left with that little bit more confidence than when they arrived and a huge smile on their face!”

For more information on Help for Heroes and the work they do please visit

And for information on courses in Hair & Beauty at East Durham College contact our Student Services team on 0191 518 8222.