A TEAM of hairdressers have mastered their sea legs and undertaken an epic challenge.
The group, from Creations Hair and Beauty in Chichester, have rowed the Solent marathon – 26 miles from Hayling Island to the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
The route includes navigating some of the trickiest tides in the UK, but the team but the team managed to break the record time.
“This is by far the biggest challenge any of us have undertaken,” said Emma Baines, organiser and manager of Creations.
“The team successfully completed the row in four hours and two minutes smashing the record time of four hours 34 minutes.”
The team is aiming to raise money for a West Sussex charity called Coco’s Foundation. It aims ‘to make the world a better place’ for children in South Africa – some of who will have been born with HIV.
“We have hosted a tremendous number of events for the CoCo’s Foundation, and many other events in the past for other charities,” said Emma.
“A big thank-you goes out to everyone who has participated in this row, our trainer and coach Mike Gilbert and Shelley Cook from Langstone Cutters, Carolyn Sweeney, Louise Cobban, Jo Barker, Trevor Shepherd, Stacey Merrit, Mark Bidston, Adam Bidston, Gary Shepherd, and the founder of the charity, Chris Connors.”
The team, who had planned to row to France across the Channel, battled against the authorities twice and had their trip cancelled due to bad weather.
“It hasn’t dampened the spirits of the team,” said Emma.
The team wants to raise £13,500 to fund the six young hairdressers’ travel costs and provide the materials to build a house in rural KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
“The philosophy of the foundation is young people helping young people. As we have a young team, we decided to take on the project to build for a young family,” Emma said.
“The project, which has been running for three years, has already done an amazing job. They have built a trauma centre, developed an orphanage and built homes to help people who have nothing.
“It will be a gruelling experience for all, especially the challenge of meeting these kids and getting attached. Some of the children they will be helping were not born with HIV, they have been infected with it.”
Creations are still fundraising for the trip, with auctions, football and a sky dive. They are also collecting unwanted clothes.
To sponsor the team visit the just giving page www.justgiving.com/Creations4cocos.