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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Salon Owner and Hairdressers Becomes NHS Key Worker While Salons Across UK Remain Closed

Sue Carter, hairdresser of 25 years, and owner of Alwoodley salon, HQ Hair, has made the switch from PPE in the Salon, to becoming a Key Worker for the NHS.

After her salon was forced to shut its doors for the third time in January 2021, Sue decided she wanted to help people in a different way.

Since January, Sue has become a stores keeper and driver for NHS Supplies Department. Now instead of giving cuts and colours, Sue spends her days picking and packing PPE for hospital, health centres and vaccination sites.

Sue first heard about the job through her husband, who works for the NHS, and she decided she wanted to take advantage of the current situation and sign up to help her local community.

The NHS provided Sue with health and safety training to prepare her for the role, and she has to be ready to pack completely different orders to take from one site to the next each day.

Sue said that when she was able to reopen her salon last July, she had hundreds of customers on her waitlist for her new Beauty Bar and had to work seven days a week to meet the demand.

Now, she plans on reopening her salon as soon as restrictions allow and said that she ‘can’t wait to be back making customers look and feel their best’.