French ban won’t stop hair stylists in charity row

Creations hair salon staff who will be rowing for the Cocos Foundation charity.''''Picture by Louise Adams C130427-1 Chi Creations Cocos
Creations hair salon staff who will be rowing for the Cocos Foundation charity.''''Picture by Louise Adams C130427-1 Chi Creations Cocos

STYLISTS from a Chichester hair salon have said a ban by the French authorities will not stop them raising money for charity.

The Creations team were set to row across the English Channel from Dover to Sangette – a five-hour challenge with six rowers. But after six months of training, the team learnt the French had banned ‘all craft powered by human energy’ from crossing the channel.

Creations manager Emma Baines said: “This will not stop us! Our new challenge is even bigger and better than crossing the channel: the team of hairdressers will be rowing around the Isle of Wight, which is double the distance and will take between nine and ten hours.”

The challenge is part of a fundraising campaign, to raise £13,500 for Coco’s Foundation – a charity set up by a West Sussex salon owner who wants to help young people in Africa.

Creations are raising money to build a house for a family from the Mduku village in the KwaZulu region of South Africa.

“Chris Connors, the founder, is a very successful hairdresser and salon owner whom I have the privilege of knowing,” said owner of Creations Carolyn.

The plan is for their row – in a pink boat called Barbie – to go ahead
on October 5.

As well as the row, the team is hosting a string of fundraising events for the cause, including a vintage night, a French wine and cheese night, and a tea party.

Find out more about’ fundraising, and upcoming events at creationsinafrica.com