A struggling Staffordshire hairdresser has spoken about being moved to tears after finding out that her clients had secretly paid her rent during lockdown.
Becki Nettel, from Derby, has expressed her deepest gratitude to her loyal clientele after the kind gesture.
It had been her dream since she was a little girl to own her own hairdressing business and she told of how she had used all of her savings to take over the new salon in Burton-upon-Trent.
Speaking to Derby Telegraph, Becki explained that she had signed the contracts to the premises on 18th March and was really looking forward to starting her new venture, but then UK lockdown was announced amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic just days later and threw matters up in the air.
Since then, Becki and husband Gary have been decorating the salon for when Becki Nettel Hair & Beauty is finally able to open its doors to the public. In the meantime, Becki has regularly kept clients up to date and this is when they decided to show their support.
Many of Becki’s previous clients joined a secret Facebook group where they could submit donations via PayPal to help cover the costs of rent and it was all without her knowing anything about it. She only discovered after her phone began buzzing with notifications one evening, that they had all decided to send in their contributions at the same time of 8.30pm that night.
Becki said: “My phone started going off and I was getting notification after notification.”
“I just sat there crying for about 10 minutes and then they added me to a Facebook Live.”
“This is the reason why I want to make the salon work – it’s for them. I’ve got such a lovely community of clients.”
“I’ve never in my life been surprised, people never get one over on me, but they shocked me this time.”
“Their generosity and support throughout this whole time has been overwhelming and I would like to say thank you.”
“They are just amazing.”
The idea to donate was that of Becki MacDonald, Amanda Horvath and Jenifer Brookes, who have all been clients for the last five or six years.
Speaking about the decision to set up the group, Becki MacDonald said: “With any of her clients you can see how Becki is a friend. You go through all the emotions when you sit in that chair and offload.”
“She’s a lovely, lovely person and does a great job with hair.”
“It was an exciting time for everyone when we heard she was taking over the salon as we are so proud of her.”
“We’ve now got a community of her fans and its very overwhelming for me as it was my idea and within 24 hours there were more than 50 people in the group wanting to help.”
“It just shows how much love she has got and I’m so happy for her.”