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Celebrity nail artist to Little Mix and Scarlett Johansson uses mental health struggle to raise £7,000, and she's doing it all again

PUBLISHED: 13:11 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 25 August 2017

Stephanie Staunton with her Scratch Stars award

Stephanie Staunton with her Scratch Stars award

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Stephanie Staunton is organising a second event for October

A Dartford manicurist who arranged a £7,000 mass nail painting fundraiser is set to do all again this autumn to support two mental health charities.

In the midst of a bipolar episode last August, Stephanie Staunton, who has worked with the likes of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and pop group Little Mix, decided she would break a Guinness World Record by trying to paint 6,078 sets of nails in one day at an event in London.

“At the time I was just getting over being suicidal and really didn’t want to be here, but the thing about bipolar is you have days when you’re incredibly low and then you can be on a real high, and you get these ideas in your head that you could be prime minister, or that you could set a world record.

“That’s when I first had the idea and thought lets make something good out of it and raise money for Samaritans and Mind.

“For seven months I wasn’t really considering how sick I was, I organised the entire event myself and it was like planning a wedding, my house was filled with boxes and goodie bags.”

In April, 300 nail technicians travelled to London for Nailing Mental Health, but the record attempt fell short.

But Miss Staunton wasn’t deterred, saying: “The event was amazing, we had support from Little Mix and Stephen Fry, and a lot of different companies were really supportive.

“Once it was over it was a bit of a crash, but now we’re organising another event which I hope raises even more money.”

Earlier this year, Miss Staunton rewarded for her fundraising by the magazine, picking up a Scratch Stars award.

The nail industry magazine is now funding the next event at Olympia Beauty in Kensington and around 10,000 people are expected to attend, potentially raising up to £50,000.

Nail technicians will be painting in shades of turquoise and green, the colour of the mental health awareness ribbon,

“When I was ill I couldn’t work, but being a manicurist is such a big part of my life I want to use it to help other people,” added Miss Staunton.

“Charities need money to continue supporting those suffering and to do more research into disorders, so I aim to raise a huge sum through this second phase of the event.”

The event on October 2 costs £5 to enter.

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