GED KING

Founder of The Skull­fades Foun­da­tion

Cheshire Life - - Goodwill To All - skull­fades­foun­da­tion.co.uk

For Ged King, 33, from Sale, run­ning a suc­cess­ful bar­ber­shop wasn’t enough. Moved by the in­creas­ing num­ber of home­less peo­ple lo­cally – and de­ter­mined to give peo­ple a chance to im­prove their lives – he be­gan to of­fer free hair­cuts to the home­less and un­em­ployed. ‘The first guy who came through the door had been liv­ing in a tent for two years,’ he says. ‘He looked re­ally un­sure. But once he sat down, we talked, laughed and the guy en­joyed his first pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion in ages.’ Ged doesn’t judge. He knows what it is to have a tur­bu­lent start in life and to over­come your demons. Per­haps that is what draws peo­ple to him. Such was the de­mand for his ser­vices he set up Skull­fades Foun­da­tion, which helps peo­ple out with food and cloth­ing, ad­dic­tion sup­port as well as hair­cuts. He has even started train­ing bar­bers - he has a se­cond shop in Stret­ford run by peo­ple who are ex-forces, ex-pris­on­ers or home­less; those who have over­come their own chal­lenges us­ing new­found skills. He’s also vis­ited refugee camps in Calais of­fer­ing hair­cuts to peo­ple liv­ing in the most un­think­able cir­cum­stances. For Ged, it’s about giv­ing some­one their dig­nity back: ‘Peo­ple come in with their head down, and dur­ing the hair­cut, I lift their chin. Half­way through, you see a change as you re­con­nect with the per­son. It’s won­der­ful.’

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