Hairdresser, Fiona Payet, first opened her Salon at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne 3 years ago, since then she has cut the hair for more than 700 sick children – for free.
The decision to never charge any of the hospital’s patients was made on Fiona’s first day when a mum wheeled her son into the salon on his hospital bed.
“I couldn’t believe this child had to get a haircut in bed because he couldn’t get out of bed,” she told Daily Mail Australia. “You look at those parents and those kids and you feel like you have to do something, you know? So I did.”
Now facing expensive rent costs, Fiona is facing closing her salon after she is struggling to pay for rent out of pocket. Thankfully, the community is rallying together to raise money to keep the salon in business. For many losing Fiona would be like losing part of the family.
“It’s a big meeting place in the hospital,” Fiona, 43, said, “some parents just come in with a coffee and sit there and have a chat.”
Mum Kerry said how Salon Royale had become her “hideaway from all the stress” during her son’s fight with cancer, “Fiona is always there for the children, going to the wards to help out and cut hair if they’re too sick to come down to her salon.”
Upon hearing Fiona’s awful rent woes, Kerry decided she needed to do something and set up a campaign. “Kerry’s campaign has already raised nearly $20,000, surpassing her original goal and ensuring that Salon Royale will be able to stay open at least for the first part of 2018.”
Fiona is overwhelmed by the amazing support of the community, “I actually get up in the morning and I’m excited to go to work, I don’t think many people can say that,” she said.
“I love my job, I love it there,” she says: