Hair boss gets donation from Kaiser Chiefs adding to �14,000 charity total
For 25 years he has cut and styled the locks of the women of Norwich. Making the ladies look glamourous and boosting their self-esteem is all in a day's work for Adrian Dunham.
But instead of celebrating his 50th birthday with his family, he chose to cycle 1,020 miles round the Balearic Islands on his own, raising �14,000 for a breast cancer charity. And he even got a donation from rock band the Kaiser Chiefs on the way.
Mr Dunham, owner of The Gallery hairdressers on Waterloo Road, Norwich, completed the bike ride in three weeks – from Mallorca to Menorca to Ibiza and finishing back in Mallorca with just a backpack.
He said: 'I cycled 65 miles a day, which was exhausting. I would turn up at Spanish hotels covered in sweat, but the Spanish people were so welcoming and hospitable. I started to go a bit mad and spoke to the bike regularly.
'I started to get lonely and sometimes I wanted to share my experiences with someone, so my bike was my only option.'
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He took up the challenge to raise money for the Norwich-based breast cancer charity Keeping Abreast, formed in 2007 by patients Anna Beckingham and Beverley Birritteri and breast reconstruction nurse Ruth Harcourt.
Victora White, the charity's national fund-raising and development manager, has been involved with The Gallery as a regular client as well as helping the salon during the charity's annual October fashion show.
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The money raised by Mr Dunham will go towards supporting women with breast cancer. It will help to make more clinical psychologists available for those who have been newly diagnosed and are facing the possibility of mastectomy and those considering reconstructive surgery.
Mrs White said: 'Adrian wanted to give something back and I am overwhelmed at what he has done for us.'
Mr Dunham said: 'People often ask me if someone in my family has been affected by breast cancer and the answer is no, but through my work I am with some wonderful ladies who have been through cancer or been affected by it, and I want to help them.'
At the end of the ride Mr Dunham's wife, Mandy, joined him in Mallorca where they, by chance, met the Kaiser Chiefs, while out for a swim in the sea.
Mr Dunham said: 'The lead singer Ricky White said he had been affected by cancer and got straight out of the sea and donated �100.'
The band even sent Mr Dunham a special message after he completed his challenge: 'Congratulations on finishing, from Kaiser Chiefs. A really great cause.'
To donate go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianDunham
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