Hairdressing salons unite to raise funds for pioneering cancer treatment


Three hairdressing salons are joining forces to help raise funds for an Irish youngster who is battling cancer.

The Big Blow Dry takes place on July 12 from 1-4pm and is the first of what it is hoped will be many events organised by Tricia Ryan for her cousin Caolan Melaugh.

The Donegal youngster was diagnosed with cancer aged just ten weeks and his family and friends are trying to raise funds to enable him to have pioneering treatment in the USA.

Three hairdressers have come on board to support the July 12 fundraiser – Tara O’Rourke’s salon on Robin Hood island, Hall Green, Urban Angels Hair in Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak and The Gallery in Haslucks Green Road, Shirley.

Tricia said: “We are holding a local fundraising event in Birmingham and are hoping to raise the awareness of the Caolan Melaugh fund and hope to get the support of the Birmingham Irish Community.

“Caolan is my cousins in Donegal’s child and he was diagnosed with children’s neuro blastoma cancer at 10 weeks old.

“As a family we are doing all we can to help fundraise and have many things planned. The first event in Birmingham is on Sunday July 12 and we have three wonderful salons which have volunteered to help us.”

Tara O’Rourke’s salon is taking part from 10am until 4pm, with the event supported on the day by stylists Joanne Brent, Caroline Wallace and Cassandra Ashford, all of whom are generously donating their time.

Urban Angels is also taking part from 1am until 4pm with a number of their stylists having signed-up, organised by Maureen Corbett.

The Gallery recently came on board too and has its stylists volunteering between 11am and 3pm.

Tricia added: “We are looking for sponsorship, raffle prizes and any raising the profile and awareness for the Caolan fund to help.

“Anyone who wants to help can contact me via email at or call me or on 07887 500073.

“We’re hoping the event will be a huge success and there’s also a dedicated Facebook page at

“Over a thousand people have been invited via Facebook, with over a hundred having signed-up so far to take part,”

“All proceeds are for Caolan’s treatment. As a family were fundraising to get him treatment in America.”