Hairdressers complete 120 mile cycle ride for charity

Bexhill salon cyclists SUS-160305-135715001
Bexhill salon cyclists SUS-160305-135715001

Two team members from Emma Hellier Salon in Bexhill took part in a two day charity bike ride in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Olivia Hall and Jody Blunden were involved in the ‘Round The Island Cycle Challenge’ held in Ibiza.

The event is organised by organised by Hairraising - a fundraising appeal started in 2010 by the hairdressing industry in order to raise £1 million towards new operating theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Over 100 hairdressers, salon managers and salon owners attended the event, including industry names such as John Frieda and Lee Stafford. Competitors made their way around the 120 mile course changing frequently from rural mountainous terrain to flat coastal routes and busy road systems; making the route challenging for even experienced cyclists.

Olivia said “the first day was a bit of a shock, we faced a 5km hill sprint straight out of the start line, most of the course felt like we were going uphill, which made the second day tough to even get back on the bikes but seeing the finish line was an amazing feeling”

Olivia and Jody did this partly for the challenge but mainly to help raise funds and awareness for such a fantastic charity.

Jody said: “The weekend was a great success and fantastic fun, sharing the experience with like-minded people was brilliant.”

Olivia and Jody are still collecting sponsorship money online at the salon at

Emma Hellier said “ we are so proud of our superstars for completing the challenge.

“They spent their their free time organising fundraising events and training; showing their hard work and dedication.”

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