Organisers of a head-shaving event to raise funds for new seating in the Epworth Hall in Helston are looking for volunteers who are willing to ‘brave the shave’.

The Epworth Hall in Coinagehall is currently used for regular theatre productions, including as the home of Helston Theatre Company, as well as by dance and judo groups, the Flora Day rehearsals each year and for some community events.

Unfortunately, the seats inside the hall are old and need replacing with better seating and more accessibility for those with disabilities.

Epworth Hall manager, Sarah Reed told the Packet: “The seats at the minute have a limited life span because they were bought second-hand and although they are great, a new set would give people with an added disability more help with a handrail mounted up the steps and lights on the steps to guide them during performances.”

However, the cost for the old seats to be removed, and the installation of the new seats is around £90,000.


To help fundraise for the new seating, Sarah and her husband Rev. Danny Reed and their family will be holding a series of fundraising events, starting with the big shave. Sarah said: “Our aim is to get ten people to support the shave.

“We have three people who have signed up already, including Rev. Danny. We would love a local hairdresser to volunteer to shave their heads.

“We are also planning to visit businesses in Helston to see if they would like to support us.”

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for donations. You can donate here

Rev. Danny is also preparing for his hair to be shaved. On Tuesday Danny shared the link to the GoFundMe page and in a post which reads: “The theatre seats in the Epworth Hall need replacing soon. The cost is roughly £90,000! Yep – you heard right.

“As a fundraiser, I am with hopefully nine other blokes going to have my head shaved to raise funds for seating.

“Please help us raise much-needed funds.”

Danny thanked his friends and family for their support before jokingly adding: “A bald Reed isn’t an exciting prospect but needs a must!”