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Hair-raising stunt supports charities

Staff from Alternative Look have raised money for Trinity and Alopecia UK by doing a sponsored skydive.  Pictured are Andrea Day, Victoria Burton and Emma Slater.

Staff from Alternative Look have raised money for Trinity and Alopecia UK by doing a sponsored skydive. Pictured are Andrea Day, Victoria Burton and Emma Slater.

Three staff members at a Blackpool wig shop took part in a hair-raising stunt to raise money for two charities.

Andrea Day, Victoria Burton and Emma Slater, of Alternative Look, jumped 14,000 feet from a plane to raise £2,000, which has been split between Trinity Hospice in Bispham and the Alopecia UK charity.

The skydive took place earlier this month at Cark airfield in Flookburgh, Cumbria, and the money has now been handed over to the two charities.

Victoria, 27, assistant manager at the shop, on Church Street, said: “We’ve aways taken part in small charity events like the Illumathon and the Race for Life, but this year we wanted to take part in something more challenging.

“Actually doing the skydive was so much fun – we all loved it. We’ve all said we’d do it again.

“To be honest I did feel a bit sick, but the views while you’re up there are absolutely breathtaking. We could even see Blackpool Tower.”

Victoria said it was her New Year’s resolution to take part in a challenging event for charity.

Next year she hopes to raise money by climbing Mount Snowdon.

“We’ve always raised money for Trinity Hospice,” she added. “We help a lot people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment, and our staff have personal connections with the hospice.

“But this year we’ve also 
decided to help raise money and awareness for Alopecia UK as we also have a lot of customers who suffer from the condition.”

Victoria said it was a proud moment when the team handed over the biggest amount of money it had ever raised through one event to the 
charities.

“It’s so touching that people have spent their hard-earned cash supporting us,” she said. “We don’t normally ask for a lot of sponsorship, so we’re really pleased to have raised so much money for two deserving charities.”

Linzi Young, Trinity’s head of fund-raising said: “Of all our fund-raisers, the skydivers always win my admiration because I don’t think I could ever be persuaded to jump out of a plane! It was lovely of them to give a donation to Trinity and we really appreciate their generosity. On behalf of everyone here I want to say thank you for being so brave, and for helping to fund our compassionate care.”

 

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