Locks Heath hairdresser is cut above rest as she walks 96 miles

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HAIRDRESSER Karen Flewin swapped her scissors for hiking boots as she walked 96 miles to raise money for a local day care centre.

Karen, 34, from Locks Road in Locks Heath, took on the West Highland Way walk through Scotland in support of Oaklands Day Care Centre in Titchfield.

Karen said she felt passionate about supporting the centre and decided to raise money for it through her challenge.

‘While I was training, the local day care centre that supports the mentally ill in the community, Oaklands Day Care Centre, had its funding cut,’ she said.

‘So I decided to try to raise some money for them while taking myself on this personal challenge.

‘Titchfield’s a fantastic little community and a lot of people rely on Oaklands and their volunteers and the amazing work they do.

‘Having their funding cut changed people’s lives.

‘I’m glad that I could raise the money I did and hope it will help these fantastic people to continue to provide support and care for people who really need it.’

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s premier long distance walking route.

Karen who owns the Honesty Hair Salon in Titchfield, achieved a lifelong dream by completing the challenge but also managed to raise over £2,500 for the centre in doing so.

The fundraising walking challenge took her five days to complete.