Hairdressers from all over Ireland take part in a charity hairdressing marathon to raise funds for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The National Hairdressing Charity Trust are hoping to raise £100,000 for screening equipment for Temple Street Children’s Hospital Dublin. The scanning machines will immediately detect metabolic disorders in infants.

Salon owner Aidan Fitzgerald came up with this novel way to raise funds and he joined forces with the President of the Irish Hairdressers Federation Liam McDonagh.

The response from the industry has been tremendous. In Dublin the venues hosting the marathon are Temple Street’s auditorium, Phoenix Park Leisure Centre and Parkes Hotel in Stillorgan. Hairdressers from over 50 Dublin salons are working for free at the marathons and clients pay £10 each to avail of their services.

In addition to the marathons, individual hair salons have been organising separate fundraising activities. The organisers hope to reach their target by the end of November 1987.

An RTÉ News report 3 November 1987. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.