Finsbury Park hair salon raises thousands for The Prostate Cancer Charity

A North London hair salon has raised almost £3,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity as part of their drive to raise awareness of prostate cancer during Black History Month.

Staff at Aquarius Hair and Beauty, on Stroud Green Road, were inspired to fundraise and get their customers thinking about the disease, after losing the salon's co-founder, Horace Parry, to prostate cancer 11 years ago.

Horace's son, Horace Parry Junior, 47, who helps to manage Aquarius Hair and Beauty, had also been diagnosed with the disease, and received brachytherapy to treat the cancer some 8 years ago.

The salon kicked off its month-long awareness campaign with a prize-raffle on Saturday 1 October at the premises and sold cakes and light refreshments to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity. The top prize - tickets to see X-Factor singing sensation Leona Lewis - was drawn by Mr Parry's brother who was also diagnosed with the disease. In total, £2,600 was raised.

Prostate cancer can affect any man, but men who are most at risk of developing the disease, are those who are over the age of 50, men with a family history of the disease and men from the African-Caribbean community.

Throughout October, salon staff talked to their customers about prostate cancer, after receiving training from The Prostate Cancer Charity, and gave out leaflets to raise awareness of the disease.

Local businesses, including The Association for Prostate Awareness in Newham (APA), Gaute Goat clothing & accessories, Fish & Cook Stationery's, Barclays Bikes Dalston, The Happening Bagel Bakery, Finsbury Car Audio, Park Health & Beauty Pharmacy, Quality Fish Bar Restaurant & Takeaway, Tesco Metro Stroud Green Road, and Sainsbury Crouch Hill Local also got behind Aquarius Hair's campaign, by supporting the salon with donations for the launch.

Claire Walsh, Head of Community Fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "It's brilliant that everyone at Aquarius Hair and Beauty got behind the cause to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst their supporters for the entire month of October. They have seen first-hand the effect the disease can have, with the loss of Horace Parry Senior, and are committed to getting the message about it out there. We'd like to say a big thank you for all their efforts and for raising such an amazing amount of money."