A SPORTY hairdresser is a cut above when it comes to fund-raising.
For Robina Common has managed to raise more than £10,000 for cancer charities over the past nine years.
Ms Common, who owns the Regency Hair Salon in Stobhill, has collected thousands of pounds in sponsorship for various running challenges in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice, and she has turned the annual Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning into a week-long event, and last year ran it over a fortnight.
In the autumn she raised £500 for St Oswald’s by completing the Great North Run, while coffee mornings and cake stalls, coupled with a £100 donation from the Whalton Whist Club, provided £620 for Macmillan.
Ms Common said: “I do fund-raising every year.
“I started by learning how to run. I had never run before so I went to Morpeth Harriers for help and they were brilliant. I have asthma so I could only run a little bit at first, but there was such a friendly atmosphere.
“I did the last Morpeth to Newcastle Road Race and I also did the Great North Run that year. I was hitting 50 so I thought I should try to do something for charity.”
The businesswoman says customers and staff have been the mainstay of her support throughout her challenges.
“They have been excellent,” she said.
“It is always the same customers and friends who help. Originally, I thought the run would be a one-off, but I kept doing the events and they kept supporting me. It is about time I gave them a big thank you because I couldn’t have done it without them.
“I will be turning 60 this year, but I hope to keep going for a bit longer.”