Hi there. My name is Dan and I've been a customer getting my hair cut for over 20 years. My children had their first hair cuts there and still do.
2022 will be the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Mardells hairdressers by the Grandfather of he current owner Mark Mardell and it’s a name and business that has been synonymous with the town of Dartford since then.
They have been cutting mens, womens an childrens hair for 4 or 5 generations of people, overcoming World War 2, economic depression in the 80's, having to move their from their original shop due to redevelopment, a huge water leak only a couple of years ago that flooded the entire shop destroying everything and closing the business for a year and more recently the horrendous affect that all businesses experienced due to Covid 19, which Salons across the country it seems, were hit harder than the average shop having to close for far longer.
And yet they survived. Just about. The recent lockdowns brought the future of the Mardell salon into question, raising concerns that the 90 years worth of lineage and dedication to the people of Dartford might have to end.
But Mark refused to allow that to happen. The recent death of the previous owner, Marks Father Melvyn, was a huge blow to not only him and his family and friends but to the community as a whole. Having been a staple in Dartford for over 50 years, Mark couldn't allow a little thing like a global pandemic be the end of his business and families legacy.
So he fought hard, risked everything to plough on, devising new services and exciting promotions to rebuild his cherished salon only to have some thieving, criminal, thugs feel that it was ok to destroy the front of his shop, the wooden flooring inside, steal thousands in GHD products and smashing display cabinets.
This has meant that at a time straight after Christmas and with the threat of another potential lockdown hanging over him, Mark and his family and his amazing staff need the money the most and they are now forced to close.
The news from the insurance companies is not positive, refusing to cover the main bulk of the damage which is valued at around £5000. That doesn't even include the loss in wages for everyone, the floor and all of their products.
This could be make or break for the Mardell hairdressing name in Dartford, so I wanted to organise a fund raiser to try and help him and his staff in anyway we can, in the hope that they can fight on and make it through this traumatic time and still be there to see the 100th anniversary in 10 years time!!!
I have set the amount at £1500 so that we have something to aim for but the reality is that it's probably more like £10k that's needed. But if you can find it in your hearts to donate anything to help, anything at all will hopefully mean that Mardells stays a place where we can all go to make us look good for a daily lives and our most special occasions for many years to come.
So dig deep people and share this with as many others as you can.
Lets keep the 'Mardells' salon alive!