Local businesses come together to help raise money for charity

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Storm Walker of Denny’s Place, and Aron Heartfield of 14 Arrows Tattoo (rear, left and right) with Caroline Neill and Polly Taylor of the Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre

Local barbers Denny’s Place on Grosvenor Road, held their annual ‘Denny’s Fest’ last month, to raise money for the Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre.

The festival, on July 29, marked the tenth anniversary of the death of the shop’s founder, Denny Rowe – famous in Tunbridge Wells as the ‘world’s fastest barber’. Denny passed away from cancer in 2013.

Denny’s barbers snipped away at over 30 heads at just £10 a cut, and 14 Arrows Tattoo, whose parlour is a few doors down from Denny’s, used their artistic skill to ink more than 100 tattoos at £40 a piece.

The event raised a total of £7,513, adding to the £37,000 they have made from the previous six years the festival has been held.

One of those who received a custom tattoo was Pickering co-founder Polly Taylor, who once again got a heart tattoo to show her love and support for Denny’s Fest. Each year she adds another, which she hopes will one day form a bracelet.

The event was a real community effort, with a number of local musicians providing the summer sounds. Noble Wines, which is also based on Grosvenor Road, supplied the drinks, and St John’s Fish and Chip Bar delivered on the food.

Musician Pete Taylor, who performed on the day with The Harvey’s, returned to the stage once more for a live head shave, which raised £750, shorn by Denny’s daughter, Storm Walker, owner of Denny’s Place.

A raffle with prizes from Fuggles, record store and café even flow, and many others added to the total donated to Pickering.

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