Only way is up!

Byron Hairdressing in training for Ben Nevis hike in aid of Maggie's Centre
Byron Hairdressing in training for Ben Nevis hike in aid of Maggie's Centre

THEY may be more used to combing hair than climbing hills, but the team from a Kirkcaldy salon still plan to brave Britain’s highest peak this summer to raise money for Maggie’s Fife.

The whole team at Byron Hairdressing are behind the fundraising drive to climb Ben Nevis and hope to raise more than £1000 for the cancer charity through sponsorship from local businesses, clients and other supporters.

Determined to make it all the way up to the 1344m peak, with few of them having ever climbed a mountain before, the staff have already been meeting on alternate Sundays to train locally.

The Alexandra Street salon team have held regular charity events over the past decade.


They raised more than £20,000 for Maggie’s, which provides a unique and innovative programme of information and support to people living with cancer, their families and friends.

And late last year, they held a James Bond themed day which was featured on STV’s morning news.

Ronnie Marshall, owner, told the Press: “We’ve held charity days every year for the past 10 years, but we wanted to do something really special.

‘‘One of my team suggested we climb Ben Nevis together.

“It’s an immense challenge, and most of us are not hill walkers, but we thought it would be a great way to raise some more cash for Maggie’s.”

So far the team has walked from Kirkcaldy to Burntisland, up the Binn and then back again, and more recently they went up Lomond Hill. Other walks are planned.

“We need to do lots of training, but with the winter being so mild, we’ve really enjoyed getting together on Sundays and stomping up those hills,” added Ronnie.