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Caroline Flack tragedy inspires Inverness salon to raise funds for local charity Mikeysline

By Alasdair Fraser

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Ryan Harrison (left) and Paul Mulvaney.
Ryan Harrison (left) and Paul Mulvaney.

AS a profession, they often provide a sympathetic ear for customers keen to off-load the worries of their day.

But one Inverness hairdressing salon decided to take this unofficial role a step further by raising cash for volunteers working hard to save lives through listening.

Through a Kuts for Kindness offer, the Paul Mulvaney Salon in Academy Street spent last week providing free haircuts and taking donations for the mental health charity Mikeysline and The Hive Project.

Mr Mulvaney and his staff were moved to act after the suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack at her London home in February.

In tune with the #BeKind social media movement against bullying and online trolling, they were keen to do their bit to raise awareness and support people suffering mental health difficulties.

Ryan Harrison, newly-appointed by the salon, took charge of the charity cuts from Tuesday to Saturday last week.

Mr Mulvaney explained: “It all stemmed from the Caroline Flack tragedy. We spoke about it collectively, as a staff, and really wanted to do something in response.

“We were aware that a lot of salons elsewhere had taken gossip-style magazines out of their premises as protest, but we wanted to do something positive in terms of actual fundraising.

“The whole mental health side to the tragedy was in our thoughts and we got in touch with Mikeysline. The work they do is quite phenomenal.

“We also had Ryan starting with us as well and it was an opportunity for him to introduce himself and build up a clientele, while raising some cash for an amazing cause.

“We’re delighted by the response from the public generally and from a few charities like the British Heart Foundation who have been promoting it as well.”

The firm’s efforts generated £348.11 for the suicide prevention charity.

Mikeysline provides non-judgemental, confidential peer support to those who text 07779 303303.

Related article: Message of support from Mikeysline following death of Caroline Flack

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