Hair-raising Tigers star praised as he swells coffers of charity

Tom Huddlestone.
Tom Huddlestone.
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Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone’s hair-raising charity challenge has hit new heights since his team’s stunning success against Fulham.

Two-and-a-half years ago, the Premier League star vowed not to cut his hair until he scored his next goal – which he did in style on Saturday, scoring the fourth in City’s 6-0 win over Fulham.

Since then donations for Cancer Research have been pouring in from football fans all over the country, via the footballer’s Just Giving page, raising over £35,000, from the £12,400 it stood at kick-off. Bids for a clump of hair cut off during the weekend’s celebrations, which is being auctioned off on eBay, have also been steadily rising – peaking at £1,750 yesterday.

A fan “South Bank Tiger” who donated £10 was typical in his praise: “You’re a true hero, Tom.

“Our dad died of cancer this year and he’d have been thrilled to see you play. All the best mate, hope you reach your target.”

Huddlestone, who was celebrating his 27th birthday on the day of the match, said he could not believe his “bit of barnet” was going for as much.

His hair will now be cut in the full glare of publicity during a training day tomorrow, following today’s match at Liverpool.

Club spokesman Ash Lord said: “It is a great thing for Tom to be doing – no one asked him to do it, he just thought it would be a good to do.

“We beat Liverpool last month and hopefully we can repeat that today, and hopefully Tom can have the physio cut a bit more hair off at the sideline.”

Nicki Embleton, from Cancer Research UK, said: “We are always amazed by the creativity of our supporters in helping raise money to support the research carried out by Cancer Research UK doctors and scientists.

“Huge thanks and respect to Tom for doing this and being able to get such a huge amount of support from [the fans]. We wish him every success.”