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A “hairaising” stunt for the RNLI

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RNLI Jetski 1
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The number of people visiting the coast this summer has been phenomenal and whilst this has been great for the beleaguered Causeway Coast traders amidst the current pandemic it’s also meant a busy time for those who keep us safe on the beaches and in the water.

John Martin is the chairman of the Portrush and Portstewart Branch of the RNLI Fundraising Committee and like so many men has suffered from “Lockdown Hair” and is more than ready to have his locks brought into some sort of order but those around him see this as a wonderful opportunity to add to the RNLI coffers and accordingly fellow committee member Chris Irwin set up a Just Giving page under the name of Chaircut.

John has valiantly agreed to the tongue-in-cheek rules in that the length of his hair will directly correspond to the amount raised and it’s no surprise that the stunt has triggered a fair amount of mischief especially amongst those who know him.

The total raised to date has taken everyone by surprise and everything’s pointing to John having a very shiny head come this Sunday when he’ll take his place in the barber’s chair to meet rules which state that the haircut will meet the following criteria:-

£200 = No 10 cut

£400 = No 8 cut

£500 = No 6 cut

£600 = No 4 cut

£700 = No 3 cut

£800 = No 2 cut

£1,000 + = No 1 cut

To add to the fun the haircut will take place outside the RNLI Portrush Lifeboat House at 3.00pm this Sunday (Sunday 6th September) and overseeing matters will be Raft Race Compere and local entertainer Brian Moore who, with microphone on hand, will keep those listening or watching from afar informed as local media personality Sarah Travers makes the first socially distanced cut.

“ I have never cut anyone’s hair in my life so I’m a lot more nervous about doing this than many of the tasks I’ve faced,’ she told us.

Local hairdresser Nico who has salons in Portrush and Portstewart will then complete the task and throughout the whole process people in the town will have the opportunity to donate to our local RNLI. A spokesman for the fundraising committee told us, “We have to remember the RNLI is a charity and its crew are all volunteers from the local community but it’s also a very expensive service to maintain so we’re delighted that the public are so supportive. This has been an exceptionally busy summer for our crews, the lifeguards and our support teams and we’ve helped a lot of families but it’s on occasions like this we see just how much gratitude exists out there for what we do”.

To donate please go to Just Giving and search for “Chaircut” or go to the link:-


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