This month, mental health charity The Lions Barber Collective landed on the podium at the British GT Opener at Oulton Park, thanks to the Pro-Am pairing of Ian Gough and Tom Wrigley, who led the overall standings after a fantastic performance in difficult conditions. Discussing the charity’s involvement in the sporting event, Tom Chapman, Founder of The Lions Barber Collective, explained: “One of our volunteers, Ian Gough, is the driver for the McLaren Artura GT4. We met last year and he wanted to see how we could utilise the British GT to reach more people while also raising more awareness and funds for the charity.
“Ian donated space on the car to The Lions Barber Collective, and we are also holding pop-ups at each of the races – where we will be doing haircuts for donations. Plus, we have a state-of-the-art racing simulator for people to have a go in, to see what it would be like to drive in the McLaren on the track we are at for that race.”
With two dominant class pole positions and a commanding win in the second race of the day, The Lions Barber Collective supported McLaren Artura trackside and showed that they are a force to be reckoned with in the 2023 season.
Ian said: “I just want to thank our sponsors for their commitment to the programme and in particular the opportunity it’s giving us to raise awareness for suicide prevention and the incredible work of The Lions Barber Collective. We’ve already raised close to £11,000 on their behalf and I know many of the fans took the opportunity to grab a free haircut at our trackside pop-up barbershop this weekend. We’re already thinking about Silverstone in three weeks time – we’ve got a championship lead to defend.”
Modern Barber recently supported The Lions Barber Collective at the Collective Pride Awards, which were held at the exquisite Barber Surgeons’ Hall in the City of London at the start of April. Check out the winners, including the recipient of the prestigious Sam Wall Unsung Hero Award, here.