Head 2 Head Dorchester wins the best dressed Christmas window prize

Head 2 Head Hair Designs in Trinity Street are the proud winners of the 2018 Dorchester Christmas Window Competition.

But instead of keeping it, Head 2 Head have kindly donated their £100 prize to the Dorset Nightstop Action for Children.

Neil Strudwick, President of the Dorchester Business Improvement District, presented the £100 cheque to Simon Keys from Dorset Action for Children at the salon, along with Steve Farnham, President of Dorchester Chamber for Business.

Both praised the innovative and the environmentally-friendly design.

“We were impressed with the standard of this year’s entries,” said Steve Farnham. “The Head to Head display definitely stood out and the effort that has been put in is amazing.”

Neil Strudwick was equally delighted by the high standard of entries. “The competition this year was of such a high standard and this year’s winner was well deserved. Seeing the hard work, the recycling ethos and the display in the competition made it a stand out winner.”

Simon Shankwin-Adams, the proprietor of Head 2 Head, revealed they had worked hard to build this years’ winning entry, which took six months to design and build. As with his previous entries, the display was built completely from recycled products.

“I am very passionate about recycling and feel that we send far too much to landfill with all the problems that brings,” said Simon.

“I wanted to show that the display could be created from things that other people throw away. I am delighted that we have won this years’ competition.”

In keeping with Head 2 Head’s ethos, their entry did not go to waste after the Christmas period. It was donated to The Prince of Wales School who have used it as part of their display to highlight the loss of the ice shelves.

The prize was organised by Wessex FM, Dorset Echo, Dorchester Chamber for Business, Dorchester Bid and Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce who teamed up to award prizes to the best dressed commercial Christmas windows in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland.

Dorset Action for Children, to whom the prize was donated by Head 2 Head, provides temporary accommodation to 16-24-year olds who would otherwise be on the streets.

Last year the charity was able to provide 52 bed nights for young people. The prize money has been ring-fenced for their Dorset Nightstop project in West Dorset.