Ged King

Ged King

Charitable Barber

Biography

Steve Jobs is famous for saying “the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Remarkably, Mancunian barber, Ged King, is on a mission to help make Manchester and the world a better place one haircut at a time. Growing up in a tough neighbourhood outside of Manchester, Ged found happiness and success serving in the military. From there, he went on to establish a successful barbershop in Sale. Despite his successes, Ged began to wonder about how he could create impact in the world around him. So, in 2015, Ged started offering free haircuts to the homeless around Manchester, and what started as a passion for helping others became a mission to give disadvantaged people a chance to improve their lives. In the same year he was featured in BBC Three’s ‘Amazing Human’ series with the video generating over 25 million views. With his team of 5-stars-rated hair stylists, Ged, alongside his successful barbershop, has set up the Skullfades Foundation: from bringing food, hygiene kits and help with addiction to the homeless, to training them to become barbers – raising their chance of employability – the team is now expanding its reach. In 2018, they travelled to Dunkirk’s and Calais’ refugees camps, bringing haircuts and hope to kids and young adults in unfortunate conditions. Despite the barriers of language and culture, they discovered the power of the haircut does indeed need no translation.