Close shave for Sutton boy in tribute to late cousin

Danny Ridehalgh, seated, before his head shave, with Sutton FC first-team manager, Steve Broadbent, left, and chairman, Craig Sanderson

Danny Ridehalgh, seated, before his head shave, with Sutton FC first-team manager, Steve Broadbent, left, and chairman, Craig Sanderson

First published in News

Proving he is a cut above was a Sutton teenager when he had his head shaved to raise cash for the hospice that cared for his terminally-ill cousin.

Danny Ridehalgh, 17, who plays for Sutton FC, got the idea from football club chairman Craig Sanderson, who had previously joked about his flowing locks affecting his performance on the pitch.

Danny’s cousin, Kirsty Deakin, who lived in Glusburn, died of cervical cancer last summer. She was married and had a four-year-old daughter.

At least 300 people attended her funeral service at Keighley Shared Church, and donated more than £1,300 to Manorlands.

Before she died, well-wishers raised money to send her and her family to Disneyland Paris, to give young Abby some memories to treasure.

Mr Sanderson said: “About three weeks ago, out of the blue, Danny agreed to have his hair cut if money could be raised for Sue Ryder Manorlands, as this hospice had looked after his cousin.

“Danny collected sponsorship money from club members of Sutton Juniors and from both Sutton FC adult teams, as well as from family and friends. His total to date is £420, but more may come in during the next week.”

The head shave took place at the club’s training night at University Academy Keighley last Thursday. Hairdresser Vicky Sanderson wielded the clippers, watched by about 30 of Danny’s family and friends. Manorlands fundraiser, Andrew Wood, was also present.

Danny thanked the staff at Manorlands for looking after Kirsty, adding he hoped his donation would help them keep up their good work.

Mr Sanderson added: “Sutton Juniors would like to thank everyone that sponsored and helped – the staff at UAK, Vicky the hairdresser and Danny for finally getting his hair cut.

“We’re looking forward to a much better display on the pitch now he can see where the ball is going!”

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