A cut above: Havering and Essex’s team Uppercut raise �6,000 for charity

Hairdressers biked and hiked a total of 45km at the weekend, raising nearly �6,000 for various charities.

The Uppercut Hair Group, with salons in Havering and beyond, gathered all its staff, along with family and friends, to take part in the event, which coincided with the London to Southend bike ride.

The Hornchurch and Brentwood salons tackled a 32km cycle from Brentwood, while stylists from the Romford, Upminster, Chigwell and Gants Hill branches walked 13km from Wickford, before finally crossing the finish line in Priory Park, Southend.

Recorder editor Mark Sweetingham also completed the cycle challenge, and news editor Jane Ball and Barking and Dagenham Post senior reporter Sara Odeen-Isbister finished on foot.

Cash will go to eight different charities, including Kidney Research UK, St Francis Hospice, and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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There was drama en route as Lauren Warne, a graduate hairstylist from Romford, suffered a foot injury, but was carried the final 2km by creative director Prudence Kaggawa.

After the last member of his team crossed the finish line Trevor said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and so proud of all Uppercut staff for putting themselves out and raising so much money for worth while local charities, it’s been a fantastic day and an amazing team building experience.”

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