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On Saturday 14th July Tracie Gunningham owner of Envy, hosted a charity Bollywood Summer Party.  The event was held at The Plymouth Venue, Victoria House in the heart of Plymouth. 

The party was a huge success raising a total of £2900 for women V cancer, cycle India challenge 2018. 

Tracie Gunningham said 'The venue was the 'perfect' space to host the event' it had so many areas in which to 'decorate' and create a real 'Bollywood feel'. 

Tracie had a strict colour theme in mind, purple, pink, orange, gold, turquoise.

The event was a 'sell out' and Tracie said 'It never ceases to amaze me the amount of generosity, people show when it comes to supporting charity, whether it be giving time, donations, raffle or auction prizes' and she recognises that it was only through having 'EVERYONES' support that the event was as successful as it was. 

Tickets cost £20 and included

A welcome drink, an entry ticket into 'Win a weekend at the Scarlet', https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracie-gunningham2 and indian feast, pudding and plenty of dancing.   

The welcome drink and bar service was provided by Westlake events. 



Tracie started planning the event in April 2018 and knew she would need help to ensure costs were kept to a minimum in order to raise the maximum she could for the charity.

Tracie appealed for help from friends and family and reached out via social media for help with various props. 

Her first ask was for jars, any shape any size, that she could colour and then hand decorate to turn into t light lanterns for the tables. Tracie coloured and decorated over 70 jars.

The second ask was for cushions, this was to create a floor level seating area in the Raj tent. Tracie's mum went and bought loads from charity shops, staff, clients and Tracie's dance friends came up trumps again producing enough cushions to create the look.  Kevan Kennedy the owner of the Plymouth Venue donated some left over material which would then match the drapes in the Raj tent area.  Tracie then set about making cushion covers to help keep the theme. Having used all the material the last few cushion covers came from Drake's Jewellers store room courtesy Monique Hirshman, a recent store refurb meant they had some old luxury velour cushion covers that could be put to good use, along with a flower display, gigantic gold baubles and gold sequin table covers to add to that Bollywood bling.




Tracie wanted to break the eye line of the ceiling height in the venue and sourced some indian umbrellas to hang upside down over the tables, they looked beautiful. 



More handmade props made by Tracie and her 'bollywood angels'  included a colourful sign post, the table plan and a decorated mountain bike. 


On the evening guests were greeted with soft entrance music provided by Steve Whiteway. 


The Indian food was sponsored by Creative Direction IG and cooked by Jaipur Palace, served by Tracie and Ian Gunningham.

The menu was chicken tikka masala, chicken bhuna, channa masala, sag aloo, vegetable bhajis, naan and poppadoms.



After dinner and during pudding there was an auction which raised £360, massive thanks to Martin Roberts who enthusiastically pushed up the bidding on various items donated by Id Fashion, Field Accounting, Admin Angel, Julia Ford, Aunty Hazel. 

The Raffle raised a total of £600. 


After the auction guest were 'encouraged' to take part in a 'Bollywood dance routine' choreographed by Tracie Gunningham with the professional help of Julie Baker (a dance teacher at The Lemon Frog Dance Company)  It was an energetic and a FUN routine which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone.  

A flash mob was sent out a week before to encourage guest to learn the routine before the event. 

Guest were also encouraged to take home a 'Bollywood' cup cake made and donated by Helen Brann. 


Tracie said that 'she was genuinely thrilled with the amount of effort people had put into their costumes and for people supporting the event and the charity'. 

Tracie would like to publicly thank everyone who played a part in this amazing event. 

Tracie is now getting back into her cycle training, as she needs to be super lean and fit by November 2018 in order to be ready to take on and complete her cycle challenge.  

Tracie is still raising money for the charity,  to find out more or to donate you can click the link here. 



Thank you to Nige at Hawk Eye Photography for capturing the whole evening. Great photography, check out his facebook page for all the images. 



Tracie started her dance journey on the 24th of February 2017, after being volunteered by Shelley Coleman, to perform a ‘strictly style’ dance routine in front of 300 people for Plymouth Ladies Club Charity.

Her partner was the owner of the Lemon Frog Dance Company, Kevan Kennedy.

Her first lesson was an initial assessment, to see whether she had any natural dance ability, and more to her horror, to see whether or not, she could be lifted! 
The first few weeks consisted of working out the routine, timing to the music and the likes and dislikes of certain moves. Tracie soon learnt that even the basic moves were going to be a lot harder to learn than initially thought. 
To help speed up her learning, she enrolled on group dance lessons at the Lemon Frog, that included Salsa and Tango.
Ten weeks on from her first dance lesson, she had lost over a stone in weight and dropped a dress size, due to increased exercise and the thought of performing in front of 300 people.

Tracie was really starting to struggle with nerves at this stage too and enlisted the help of a mindfulness coach, Jackie Taylor. 
Jackie taught Tracie some techniques to help calm her nerves and keep the anxiety under control. Techniques such as meditation, visualisation, mindful pauses and anchoring to name a few.


Take a look at Tracie's personal reflection in this short video below. 


photographs By Emma Barrow. 

Weekly sessions with Kevan and Jackie, led to  a 'runner up' placement at The Plymouth Ladies Charity Club Strictly Come Dancing Ball. 

Tracie said 'I didn't expect to win, however I achieved my goal, I performed my routine from start to finish, I was composed and confident, I was happy with my performance'.  


Kevan at The Lemon Frog, choreographed the dance, took Tracie from a non dancer to a dancer. 

Tracie said  'he’s an amazing teacher and has made the lessons fun and enjoyable, but above all he has been patient and encouraging'.

The evening was well attended.

Tracie and Kevan received lots of encouragement from family, friends, the ‘Envy Team’, clients and Lemon Frog members who all came along to support the charity.




Envy are always keen to support local charities where possible. 

2016 Envy's chosen charity was Hugs from Henry. 

Hugs From Henry supports families affected by childhood cancer, neuroblastoma from diagnosis, through treatment and post. The Hugs From Henry team aims to grow the charity to be able to support hundreds of families who are forced to deal with neuroblastoma across the United Kingdom. 

The Envy team held various small fund raising events such as Cake sales, sponsored walk, raffles, mufti day and had collection change buckets in the salon all year round. 

On 23rd December Tracie Gunningham presented a cheque for £962.21.  

Well done TEAM ENVY. 



A select few of our team members need your support as they prepare to dress in their scruffs, and run 10KM in the multi-terrain “Muddy Duck” fun run! Following our recent fund raiser’s, the Envy team will be running in aid of the Hugs from Henry charity. The fun run takes place on Saturday 9th July at 6pm, Location: Oreston Academy School Plymstock. 


To donate please visit our donation page:



Thanks for your support! 


ENVY recently hosted an afternoon pamper session in association with Simply Counselling. Indulging their clients, carers and family members, with a mixture of treatments accompanied by cream teas the event was a success.


The event was held across all three ENVY salons, where staff offered complimentary conditioning treatments, head massages, blow-dries and mini manicures, whilst offering discount to all Simply guests.Tracie Gunningham, an experienced individual when it comes to VIP treatment and giving back to the community shared, “I know only too well, the health benefits of taking time out and finding some pamper time, it can reduce stress, lift your spirits and give you a sense of wellbeing, I recommend people do it more often”. The Envy team were delighted to be involved in a scheme to help those in need.  Local support was also involved as Tom Pennington of Cornish Tea, kindly supplied the tea for the afternoon. 


Tracie and her team, hope everyone who attended managed to escape their stresses and thoroughly enjoyed their ENVY experience.


If you want to find out more about simply, visit their website: http://www.simplycounselling.org/


The Envy staff members braved the weather for a 3 legged walk around Burrator resevoir. However, it wasn’t just for the giggles, the team raised £255 for Hugs from Henry!

Already looking ahead to the next fund raiser, the team will be wearing purple on the 29th April for Hugs From Henry’s “wear it purple” day. Sponsorship forms can be found in all salons.



Allison Samuels; supervisor at Envy Broadway Salon has organised a charity event in aid of supporting Hugs from Henry.

More on the charity: https://www.facebook.com/HugsfromHenry1/videos/536455699838847/

The Envy team are going to take part in a sponsored 3 legged 'walk' around Burrator Reservoir on Sunday 10th April 2016 (That’s THIS Sunday!!!)

Each stylist has a target to raise more than £50 each.

We are hoping that each client will support them in their quest, with a 50p or a £1 donation. All money raised will go to the charity.



There are two ways you can donate. Either pop into any of our salons and fill out a sponsorship form or online at: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/envy-hugs-from-henry



International Women’s Day. 

A celebration of women who continue to contribute towards social, economic, cultural and political achievement. 

The Duke of Cornwall hotel in partnership with Shekinah Mission, The Eddystone Trust and Trevi House, held an afternoon of cream tea and invited female business leaders to chat  informally to women who are supported by the charities. In the hope to gain an understanding to the challenges faced by vulnerable women in the city but also to inspire the women and help sow seeds around them gaining confidence to move forward in their lives. Tracie Gunningham attended - “I think talking informally over a cup of tea and a scone helps find mutual ground in regards to children, family life, and some difficult things that they may have encountered. It was definitely an eye opener for all parties involved”. 

“The support from the charities involved is fantastic to see. I was glad I could be of assistance, I wish everyone good luck for the future”


Envy supplied goodie bags containing KMS hair products and other treats for each attendee.