THE kindness of a Studley barber and his customers is being saluted after he went out of his way to ensure local families didn’t go short at Christmas.
Matt Layton and his partner Emily, who live in Matchborough, were touched when they saw a video of how a simple gift can transform someone.
“All he wanted was something small, costing about £5 and it made him so happy, and I thought there must be so many people out of work and could we do something to help,” said Matt, who runs Layton’s Barbers in Studley.
His customers liked the idea too and together they raised more than £400 which paid for three boxes of supplies for the local foodbank and gifts for a host of families in both Redditch and Studley.
“I dropped off things to four families myself and the Rev Kate Mier from Studley Church was doing the same sort of thing so we also donated to her too,” said Matt.
“We put a message out on Facebook asking if people needed help for Christmas and the things they were asking for were so touching.
“One young lad just wanted a wrestling figure and I thought, if that’s going to change someone’s Christmas, I’d pay for something a bit more for him.
“People were so grateful, it brought a lump to my throat.”
It’s not the first time Matt has helped out the local community.
When he first took over the barber shop he held a fundraising day for the award winning Studley in Bloom team, raising vital cash for their efforts to brighten up the village.