Fakenham salon turn from curls to cakes to back stroke unit
A Fakenham hair salon was transformed into a bakery last week to support a member of staff’s husband who suffered a major stroke last year.
Emma Beaumont, of Flix Hair Design on Stratton Place, organised the sale with fellow staff members Sarah Hewitt and Donna Fuller.
The sale, which raised £730 over two days last week, was in aid of Emma’s 42-year-old husband Stuart who suffered a stroke when he was 40.
Funds from the sale will go towards the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s stroke unit in Lynn. So far, £1,935 has been raised this year which included two sculptures being auctioned.
Mrs Beaumont said: “They [QEH] helped us through quite a rough time then he was in hospital so we just wanted to give something back to say thank you.”
The cheque will be presented to the QEH on Monday, November 4 with further fundraising efforts taking place before then.
This includes an ongoing raffle which is due to finish in August and another two-day bake sale in October.
Mr Beaumont, who has been told he has a “slim chance” of returning to work as a taxi driver in the area, has also developed epilepsy after his stroke.
“He is quite slow at the moment but they are quite optimistic with his speech,” Mrs Beaumont said.
“We are trying to get him to understand what we are saying and it is also hard for him to communicate with words.
“He can say ‘yes’, ‘no’, but not full sentences. Mobility-wise he is getting stronger with his walking.”
A range of sweet and savoury treats were on offer through the sale including coffee and walnut cakes, Cornish pasties and chocolate orange cupcakes.
Byfords of Holt donated three big cakes after being contacted by Mrs Beaumont, which went on to be “sold like hotcakes”.
“We had a mix of locals, holiday makers and clients so it was all a bit of a community get-together,” Mrs Beaumont said.
Last year, the salon raised £2,000 for the Stroke Association charity.
Stuart has lived in Fakenham for 10-years.
He suffered a stroke and clot on the brain in January, 2018 which required him to go to Addenbrooke’s Hospital before being taken to the QEH for physiotherapy.