Scarborough RUFC’s Chris Mabbott has decided that 2012 is going to be his year for charity.
Mabbott has decided that he will let his hair grow and not have it cut until September 1 2012 - the first day of the next Yorkshire One season.
Over £500 was pledged within hours of Mabbott’s decision on the evening after Scarborough’s win over Malton in a friendly clash at Silver Royd, but that has now grown to an ever higher sum and if Mabbott can see the challenge through, all the money raised will go to St Catherine’s Hospice.
Mabbott, 24, said: “It all started when I said that I was going to cut my hair.
“Somebody said that they would pay me not to and it escalated from there.
“Within an hour people had pledged £500. I decided that doing it for charity would be a good idea, so that is what I have done.
“At present I’ve got around £770 raised and I’m looking to raise more for St Catherine’s Hospice.
“It will be an interesting nine months and I am expecting to have my hair pulled in pre-season.
“It’s for a good cause so that’s all that matters.”
Scarborough RUFC player-coach Craig Farrell said: “Chris has proven himself to be selfless on many occasions and for him to agree to his charity hair grow is no surprise.
“The idea came about after a few beers following a home match. Paul White and Andrew Waggitt convinced Chris to agree to the idea and he was only too keen to accept the challenge.
“It’s a great cause that Chris is raising money for and so far the total has surpassed £700, which is a phenomenal sum of money.
“It’s a big sacrifice that Chris is making, he’s not the prettiest flower in the garden to begin with, so to agree not to cut his hair until September deserves a lot of respect and I’d ask everyone to support the campaign in any way they can.”
Chris’ friend Christian Dente, who used to play for Scarborough, said: “Chris is doing an amazing thing for charity. I really hope Scarborough gets behind him and donates.
“Chris has never been afraid to do whatever he can to raise money, which normally ends with him looking stupid, but that’s why he’s so popular, he’ll do anything for his friends.
“He already does a lot for the community, he’s raised money for Movember over the past few years and also he’s been involved with the Scouts; he is a great community servant.
“I know how much growing his hair will annoy Chris – which makes his charity crusade so much more special. St. Catherine’s Hospice is such a great charity to raise money for as well.
“I know he has a JustGiving page and I’ll certainly be nominating him for the Most Popular Fundraiser at the 2012 JustGiving Awards, he certainly deserves it.”
l You can donate to Chris’ fund at www.justgiving.com/mabbott-hair-grow.