The “Chaircut” on Sunday afternoon was a resounding success as the people in Portrush showed their perpetual generosity when Chairperson John Martin had his locks shorn to raise funds from the RNLI.
Even before the exercise was completed the Just Giving page had already clocked up in excess of £1,600 never mind the many donations that found their way into the collectors’ buckets.
Brian Moore was in charge of proceedings and banter with the effervescent Sarah Travers attempting to keep him in check and it was her role, with the help of special one-metre long social distancing scissors, to make the first cut.
She was more than happy to then hand over to local barber Nico who, despite cutting hair all week at his salon in Portstewart gave of his time to make sure John’s locks were appropriately tended to. The challenge had been that if any more than £1,000 was raised John had to agree to a No 1 cut and so John’s head soon took on a similarity to a billiard ball.
After posing for numerous photographs John took to the mic to thank Compere Brian Moore, Robert Andrews and his company Dynamic Audio Visual for the great job they did in providing sound, Sarah Travers and her newly acquired hairdressing skills, his Son in Law Kyle who made the giant scissors, Davy and the RNLI crew who provided the infrastructure and Chris Irwin who organised the Just Giving page. The latter pointed out that the page will remain open for another month and is easily found on Just Giving by searching for the “Chaircut”.
John closed proceedings by saying that he’d been “overwhelmed by the generosity shown and thanked everyone who had contributed and promised them that every penny goes to the RNLI funds.”
This was particularly poignant since RNLI Portrush Second Coxswain Mark Mitchell had explained to those present that the Portrush boat had an unprecedented summer with over 50 “shouts” and since it’s estimated that every launch costs in the region of £5,000 every penny raised for the RNLI charity is very much appreciated.