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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Barrow hair salon’s boost for hero Harrison’s fund

AN award-winning fund-raiser hasn’t let success go to his head – in fact he was hard at work less than 24 hours after collecting his prize.

The team at Coco Cheveux Hair and Beauty Salon in Dalton Road, Barrow held a charity afternoon on Saturday in aid of Harrison’s Fun Fund.

The guest of honour was Harri-son Holmes himself, who was a finalist for Young Citizen of the Year at the Love Barrow awards on Friday night for his efforts with the charity which provides specialist equipment and toys for children with special needs.

Jo Grainger, one of the salon’s co-owners, said: “We all decided to donate our Saturday afternoon and give whatever we could make to the charity.”

Salon treatments ranging from hair-ups to billion dollar brows were fully booked all afternoon, with a cut of the proceeds going to the fund.

Regular customers also donated cakes and bought raffle tickets while youngsters were kept entertained by face painting courtesy of Steph’s Personalised Parties and Gifts.

Fun Fund events manager Janeen Da Silva said: “Jo’s been doing my hair for 10 years and she’s always helped out with whatever we’ve done, she’s wonderful.”

Her son Leam was one of the courageous volunteers who stepped forward for a sponsored leg wax.

The surprisingly hairy 16-year-old presented beautician Jemma Allen with a challenge, forcing her to break out the “emergency wax” in order to finish the job.

He said: “It is painful and it’s as bad as I thought it would be but its for a good cause.”

All the money raised from the day will go towards a sensory shed and garden toys for a three-year-old girl from Barrow.

Harrison’s mum Joanne Holmes said: “It’s brilliant, I was so pleased that Coco have done this for Harrison’s Fun Fund, they’re such a good bunch of girls.

“It’s a busy salon and they’ve given up their busiest day of the week to help us.

“Once we’ve bought the little girl’s gear, our next mission is a summer day out for local disabled children to somewhere like Blackpool or Alton Towers.”

Raffle tickets are still available from the salon for the chance to win a different beauty treatment every month for a year.

Harrison’s Fun Fund are planning their next fundraiser, an online auction, and are looking for individuals and businesses to donate prizes.

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