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Daren’s hair-raising way to boost charity funds

A hair stylist in Bognor Regis is helping to raise much needed funds for a children’s charity.


Whether delivering food parcels to neighbours, taking part in online workouts, having a digital morning coffee with colleagues, or binge-watching the latest TV series via Skype, we are all #TogetherApart


That’s  a hashtag being used by children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House across social media to inspire and connect people during this difficult time.


Daren Terry, stylist and owner of Lotus Styling in Bognor Regis, has given his clients strict advice on how to cope with their locks during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Daren and his experienced team at are genially pleading with clients not to try to cut, style or colour their own hair during his Bognor Regis salon shut-down — and the salon has pledged to donate money to charity if they steer clear of the temptation.


The multi award-winning salon decided to close its doors before the government advice to businesses and the general public as the nation tries to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


And Daren, who runs the salon with wife Kate, says he understands that the frustration of unkempt tresses may lead clients to try some DIY styling. In the hope that he can persuade them to wait until the salon reopens, he has pledged to donate money to charity if they leave their locks well alone.


He said: “We have spent hours creating magnificent hair for our loyal clients and the last thing we want is for them to — in the kindest possible way — ruin their hair! Just leave it be until you’re back in the salon, it’ll be fine. Your hair will thank you for avoiding heat styling.


“We’re so proud of our work, we want to be able to continue it when the pandemic is over and we are open again for business, so we’re urging everyone to leave well alone for the time being.


“For every one of our many hundreds of clients who resist the urge to cut their hair we’ll donate a pound to the charity. It could boost the coffers significantly!


“Sadly, it is a fact that charities will suffer as a consequence of the coronavirus with hospices especially hit in terms of fundraising. The Chestnut Tree House charity shops have had to close and people are tightening their belts across the board so donations are down.


“The hospice fundraisers have to raise £6,850 to pay for the costs of care for just one day. Families are never charged for their care and less than 6p in every pound is funded by the government, so they really do need every penny.”


“All of us at Chestnut Tree House have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness throughout the local community,” says Tracey Shaw at Chestnut Tree House.


“Thank you for all of your heartfelt messages of support and offers throughout these tough times.”

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