Festival in memory of barber Denny raises £3,000 for Tree of Hope charity

Pam Mills
SIBLING SMILES: Louie Bishop, with his sister Evie, is supported by Tree of Hope

Based in Tonbridge, Tree of Hope is a crowdfunding charity that helps children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting their families to raise the money they need to pay for specialist care that is not freely available through the NHS. They currently help 850 households nationwide.

The event was attended by seven-year-old Louie Bishop and his sister Evie, who live in Crowborough. Louie, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and his family are supported by Tree of Hope.

Storm Walker, who runs the store, said: “It was a great privilege and honour to meet Louie and his family. To see his gorgeous smile really brings home why we do all of this.”

Denny’s Place were offering half-price haircuts, while the Fourteen Arrows studio downstairs provided tattoos for £30 and the neighbouring Beauty Rooms were discounting treatments.

There was a host of live bands, acoustic artists and two comedians performing, along with a bar, BBQ, games for children and raffles with prizes donated by local businesses.

FUN IN THE SUN: Locals enjoy Denny’s Fest on Grosvenor Road

Storm said: “This event is in memory of my dad Denny Rowe, who passed away five years ago to lung cancer.

“He raised almost £75,000 in his lifetime, earning him the title of the world’s fastest barber because of the events he did.”

She added: “Our event is based on one my dad started more than 20 years ago, The Castle Street festival, when he was working for what was then Classic the barbers.

“We wanted to continue his legacy and I’m so happy we did. I know my dad would be incredibly proud of our festival and what we have done in the last three years.”

“Denny’s Fest was bigger and better this year. We are overwhelmed by the amazing support we received from the community.

“We are already planning next year’s, this is something that we really look forward to and it’s close to our hearts.”

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