Open Barbers need a new venue!

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Last update - thank you and final total!

11/Jan/2016

Dear awesome awesome awesome people!

This is our last update, because its all over! You managed to raise us £27,657 through online Crowdfunding, and added to the total raised at our Fundraiser Fun Times party on Saturday night, we raised a grand total of £29,127!

We are completely overwhelmed and over the moon with all the support we have received, and we will do everything we can to make the new venue the best it can possibly be!

Your account will be debited today with the value of your donation/s, and if you have any queries about your donation please just drop us an email at openbarbers@gmail.com. We are finalising the dates of the workshops at the moment, and we'll get the rewards out to you as quickly as possible though this may take several weeks because 900 backers is going to keep us busy!

So much love and gratitude to you and we look forward to seeing you in the new space!

Richard, Felix, Solomon and Greygory
The Open Barbers Team

We did it! We made the target thanks to YOU!

07/Jan/2016

Dear amazing, kind and generous supporters!

WE ARE CELEBRATING BIG TIME!!

Thanks to YOU, with 5 days to go we made it to our target! We are so over the moon we really can't express what this means to us. We are looking forward to making the salon of our dreams and welcoming you there!

As we still have 4 days to go we are aiming to raise as much as we can towards this project. Any further donations we receive will go towards the remaining 25% of our renovation costs, and to support our affordable appointment scheme.

We have a fundraiser party this Saturday 9th January 2016 at DIY Space for London, we hope you can make it to help boost our renovation fund and to celebrate with us on this major achievement!

Link to the event on Tumblr
Link to the event on Facebook

Thank you for literally making our dreams come true!

Lots of love,
Solomon, Richard, Greygory & Felix
The Open Barbers Team!

Thank you AND new rewards!

27/Dec/2015

THANK YOU!

Thanks to you, our amazing supporters, we excelled our interim target of £16,000 by the end of 25th December 2015!

As a 'Thank You' gesture, Solomon and Greygory will open up the salon on 28th and 29th December from 12 - 5pm to offer FREE, drop in haircuts and hang out opportunities for all. There will be gentleness, hugs and vegan/gluten free cakes! The address is 147 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 4HQ.

We still have a way to go before we meet our target so please continue to help anyway you can. The campaign ends on 11th January 2016 and we have 30% yet to raise!!

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NEW REWARDS!

We are so grateful to announce more recent rewards from our supporters, check them out!
- A letter drawing workshop with Designer, Illustrator and Art Director Kate Moross!
- 1 signed book from Lynne Segal!
- A BSL and Deaf awareness workshop with Rebecca Hinks!
- 5 unique editions from Jeremy Deller - 2004 Turner Prize winner!

You can now also 'Pay It Forward' as a reward to keep our prices affordable for folks on low or no incomes, and you can also buy gift vouchers for haircuts.

Thank you for all your ongoing support,

Felix, Greygory, Richard and Solomon
The Open Barbers Team xxx

Important information about your donation

23/Dec/2015

Hello amazing supporters!

We are aware that people are generously giving all they can and timing their pledges carefully around the festive period, so its important to let you know how we understand payments system to work.

NO PLEDGES WILL BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE CROWDFUNDER IS SUCCESSFUL.
PLEDGES WILL BE CONVERTED TO PAYMENTS AFTER MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016.

It may be worth checking your bank account to be sure that your pledges haven't already been withdrawn, but we believe this to be the case.

Thank you again for supporting our cause, we are delighted to have received such an enormous response and we are cheered on tremendously by all of your heartfelt comments!

Greygory, Felix, Richard and Solomon
The Open Barbers Team

5 EASY & FUN WAYS you can help us reach our target!

09/Dec/2015

Dear generous supporter <3

We are so delighted that after 1 week of our Crowdfunder campaign we are already over 25% funded!! Thank YOU so much - we have been completely overjoyed with our early progress!

We know that many people will have already given as much as they possibly can, but for anyone out there who is in a position to give more or if you can spread the word among your peers even further, please help us to keep the momentum going!

Here are FIVE ways you can help us:

1. Spare some loose change! Next time you’re in for a haircut, please drop some coins (or notes!) into our Crowdfunding bucket (pictured below), made by our very lovely stylist Richard Houguez.

2. Pledge online for 2 days of FREE haircuts!
If we reach an interim target of £16,000 by 25th December 2015, Greygory & Solomon, dressed in special outfits, will open up shop for 2 days on 28th & 29th December to offer FREE, drop in haircuts to say thank you! As we are almost fully booked until 4th January, this is a great opportunity to push for more trimming time! Keep an eye on our Crowdfunder total to see if we make it!!

3. Buy one of our NEW rewards!
Our generous and amazing clients and supporters keep offering more rewards! We have 3 Irreverent Dance classes, Jamology™ with The Butch Institute, hot copies of Little Joe, a tattoo of your cat from Dexter Kay, a queer personal training session from Becca Knapp and fantastic signed books from Juliet Jacques, Sarah Savage & Fox Fisher! Check out our Crowdfunder page for more info!

4. Buy / request a GIFT voucher as a winter holiday present!
If our rewards don't get you dancing you and you just want a plain old haircut, check out our haircut gift vouchers! All proceeds go to the Crowdfunder. Buy for a friend or request one as a gift for you! Vouchers can be obtained in person at the salon, or by emailing obcrowdfunder@gmail.com. If wanted in time for winter holidays, please order before 15th December 2015.

5. Come to our ‘Fundraiser Fun Times’ PARTY!
On Saturday 9th January 2016, 4 – 11pm, Open Barbers invite you to join us for one last push on the dancefloor, at DIY Space for London. Our friend and supporter Jack has curated an afternoon mini intersectional zine fair and haircuts, followed by a packed programme of live music and incredible DJs! All proceeds on the door go to the Crowdfunder and more information is on our tumblr and facebook Come along and help us blast through the roof of our Crowdfunder appeal!

Lots of love and gratitude!

Greygory, Felix, Richard and Solomon
Open Barbers team


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They did it!


On 11th Jan 2016 we successfully raised

£27,657

of £25,000 target
with

900 backers

in

42 days


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