A UTTOXETER hairdresser took on a challenge with a difference as he climbed one of the UK’s highest mountains and styled a model’s hair at the top — all in the name of charity.
Chris Withington, manager of Spires Hairdressers, in Market Place, climbed Mount Snowdon and styled a model’s hair when he reached the top to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the charity supported by GHD hair products, an official supplier to the salon.
So far, the epic trek has raised £700 for the charity, but Mr Withington is confident they will reach the £2,000 target as Spires holds a pink month with more fund-raising events and a video showing the adventure.
He said: “It was amazing, we had no rain which was lucky and nothing went wrong.
“Everybody turned up and the model’s dress fitted lovely. It was cloudy when we got to the top but just perfect.
“The height did effect the hairspray though as it turned to liquid while at the peak and the generator had to be used to restore it to normal.
“It could have gone drastically wrong, we were really lucky with the weather. It took us three hours to get up there which was quite a good time. We did it really well.
“It took us four hours to get back from the top. The photographer told me he believed it was the highest photo shoot that has ever been done in the UK.” The idea for the climb came after Mr Withington was approached by GHD asking for fund-raising suggestions and he decided he wanted to do something different from the usual car washes and parachute jumps.
Armed with a power generator, which weighed 30 kg, his two models, Louise Hardwick, from Milton Keynes, and Jase Dean, from Leeds, and a photographer he tackled the Welsh mountain.
It was not the first time he had climbed the mountain but previously he went up the Miners and Pyg track and this time he went up the south side which is more of a cliff face.
Pictures from the climb are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Ghd MountainClimb People wanting to donate to Mr Withington’s cause can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/ghdmountainclim b and anyone who donates will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a limited edition pair of pink Breakthrough Breast Cancer GHD hair straighteners worth £129.