Fourteen hairdressers take the plunge to raise thousands in aid of Rowans Hospice

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Portsmouth hairdressers have raised £5,500 for The Rowans Hospice by completing a 13,000ft skydive.

More than a dozen employees of the Portsmouth and Emsworth Crew salons faced their fears on July 24.

The 14 hairdressers took the plunge in memory of loved ones who have passed away because of cancer.

Oliver Tobin, manager of Crew Salon Portsmouth said: ‘We chose The Rowans Hospice as many of us have lost direct family members to cancer and the Rowans is renowned for the dedicated work in helping terminal patients in their last days of life.’

He added: ‘It was a frightening, however fantastic day for all and everyone jumped successfully. In fact we all said we’d do it again.’

It costs £4.2 million each year to provide hospice care, and although The Rowans Hospice receives support from the NHS, £3.4 million still needs to be raised every year.

Ali George, events fundraiser for The Rowans Hospice said: ‘This is an incredible achievement, I know they are all very proud of each other and quite rightly so.’

He added: ‘Thank you to Oliver for organising this challenge and persuading his colleagues to join him – now that’s what you call teamwork.’

If you would like to take part in a sponsored skydive for Rowans Hospice contact Ali Green on (023) 9223 7146 or visit