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Staff from the Head Masters salon in Wickham take part in raising money for water aid by running the length of Madagasgar. (left to right), Louise Anstey, owner Christopher Dennis and Steve Buckland.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131111-3)
Staff from the Head Masters salon in Wickham take part in raising money for water aid by running the length of Madagasgar. (left to right), Louise Anstey, owner Christopher Dennis and Steve Buckland.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131111-3)
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A CHAIN of salons is taking part in extraordinary feats to raise money for charity.

Workers at Head Masters salon in Wickham are cycling the length of Madagascar on an exercise bike in the salon window to raise money for Water Aid.

Employees and clients are all contributing to the feat which covers a total of 982 miles – the length of the island of the south east coast of Africa.

Similarly, the Stubbington salon is running the same distance on a treadmill.

They chose the distance as Madagascar is a country where Water Aid does a lot of work.

Natasha Giles, salon co-ordinator, said: ‘We’re doing a lot as a business at the moment and the two long-distance feats are amazing. There are only about 10 staff in each salon but so far they’ve covered around 250 miles and raised over £1,000.

‘Everyone is jumping on the treadmill or exercise bike when they have a few spare minutes so we’re slowly but surely getting there.

‘Everyone is enjoying it although they were panicking that we hadn’t got as far as we wanted but we have done well so far.

‘We have got people coming in off the street to see what we’re doing as they can see the staff in the salon window.

‘Also, it is a great talking point for our clients.’

Head Masters has salons all over the south and each is doing its own fundraiser to raise money for Water Aid.

The salon in Fareham is getting clients to guess how much water they think the salon uses in a month.

The winner will receive an Aveda goody-bag worth £100.

More of these are available to win at all the salons in their raffles. Water Aid builds wells and pumps to provide clean water for poor communities.