Image: Gould Barbers
Image: Gould Barbers

Coventry barber shop gives free haircuts to raise money for men’s health

Gould Barbers, a new barber shop in Coventry, will be raising money for charity during its opening day on Friday 5 October.

They will be offering free haircuts from 7am to 6pm – appointments are not necessary – for charity donations as they open their doors at the Tesco Extra, next to the Ricoh Arena.

The donations will go to The Movember Foundation, a men’s health charity which aims to prevent young men dying from various health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.

They also tackle mental health problems and provide suicide prevention services, in hopes of making a difference for men’s health.

Leigh Gould, who owns the barber shop chain with his brother Darran, said: “Movember is a very worthwhile cause and works hard to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

“We felt it is an important charity to support as we open our Coventry shop, which will be our first Gould Barbers in The Midlands region.

“Visitors are welcome to pop in for a free haircut, we just ask if you could make a donation towards our fundraising efforts.”

The brothers started working in their father’s barber shop in 1994. After nearly 20 years, they started their own business in 2013.

Three years later, they partnered with Tesco and took over retail space at their nearby Tesco Extra store in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

The chain has continued to grow, with the brothers opening seven more outlets in the east of England, including a number of barber shops inside Tesco stores.

Movember is a very worthwhile cause and works hard to raise awareness about men’s health issues

– Leigh Gould

Leigh announced that the chain will continue to expand, and said: “Over the next few months, we’re opening another nine barber shops and will be supporting Movember at each shop opening.”

Coventry will be their first shop in the Midlands region, as well as their largest to date. An investment of over £60,000 has been made in this branch, which will have the capacity for 10 full-time barbers and at least one apprentice position.

Commenting on these developments, Darran said: “The welcome we’ve received so far in Coventry has been fantastic – and we hope customers will make the most of our high standards and convenient service.

“The shop will be open seven days a week, from 7am weekdays and Saturday morning. We cater for all ages, from little ones right through to older generations.

“Definitely pop in and see one of our barbers, whether you need a simple trim or want a completely new look.”

Jamie Tonks, who manages the Tesco Extra on Coventry Arena Retail Park, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Gould Barbers to the store and hope customers enjoy the great service they provide.”

More information can be found on the Gould Barbers website and their Facebook page.

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