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Ilkley hairdressers complete 100k charity challenge in style

Stylists from an Ilkley award-winning hairdressing group have completed a 100-kilometre challenge, raising over £6000 for a Yorkshire children’s charity.

Staff from Westrow Hairdressing Group walked for three consecutive days, striding across North and West Yorkshire via all nine Westrow salons to raise funds for The Principle Trust, a Skipton based charity which provides free respite holidays to children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.

Dubbed The Great Westrow Walk, the event has already raised over £7000 which will fund holidays for sixteen families from the Yorkshire region.

The walkers, aged 18 to 59 years, left the Westrow salon in Skipton on Friday 24 June, calling at branches in Ilkley, Bingley, Leeds city centre (two salons), Westpark, Roundhay and Wetherby, before reaching the finish line at the Harrogate salon on Sunday afternoon.

The walk, which was the brainchild of Westrow founders Marc Westerman and Steve Rowbottom, formed part of the hairdressing group’s 35-year anniversary celebrations.

Marc, who is a patron of The Principle Trust, said: “We want to thank everyone who supported this event; it was a fantastic way to celebrate Westrow’s 35th anniversary. Every penny raised will help to fund much-needed respite holidays for families across Yorkshire”

Ilkley businessman and founder of The Principle Trust Mike Davies, MBE, said: “We are indebted to the team at Westrow; thanks to their incredible support The Trust will be able to help many more of the region’s disadvantaged, disabled and poorly children to escape their everyday troubles and create valuable, happy memories.


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