Karma Beauty hosted a fundraising evening on Monday 14 July and all money raised on the night was donated to the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.
Co-owner of Karma Beauty and Karma Hair at The Mallard Complex, St Martins, Fallon Curtis, said it was the personal experience of a close friend that first drew her to the charity.
‘A couple of years ago a friend of mine had a premature baby and went through a really tough time. She told me about an event she had put on to raise money for the PPBF and I had been looking for a charity to support, we thought it was a great cause,’ she said.
More than 30 guests each paid £17.50 for a treatment, each discounted from an actual price of £35 or over, including lava shell shoulder massage, express lashes, Aromatherapy Associates lift facial, make up consultations and GELeration nail application. Every penny went towards the total raised.
They were treated to champagne on arrival and goodie bags when they left and Decleor and Carita consultants were available on the night. Money was also raised on the night through product sales and a raffle.
‘It was really important for us that we helped a cause that we had such a personal connection to,’ said Fallon.
She said her friend’s baby had been transferred to Southampton Hospital and the family had a difficult experience, staying in a hotel that didn’t offer the privacy they desperately needed and wasn’t near the hospital.
At the time, the PPBF couldn’t help with accommodation, but since then, a flat in Southampton has been donated to the charity for local families who have a child at the UK hospital, which incurs ongoing costs.
In total £789.50 was raised on the night and Jo Priaulx said she was delighted.
‘I’m always amazed at the generosity shown by both those organising events and those taking part. I can’t thank Fallon and her team enough for the donation which will make a huge difference to the work we continue to do in supporting premature babies born in the Bailiwick and their families.’