BATLEY BULLDOGS’ long-haired prop Michael Ward is shaving his locks for charity.
Ward has been growing his mane for the past three years, but has decided to get it chopped in memory of Beverley Nicholas, the wife of club chairman Kevin who passed away earlier this year.
The 28-year-old joined the Bulldogs 18 months ago and said he wanted to do something special to remember Beverley, who he said “made an immediate impression on me and my family”.
Beverley was the driving force behind Batley’s fundraising initiative the Pink Weekend, which she founded in 2014 – and Ward wants to carry on her legacy by donating as much as he can.
So far he has raised over £1,500 – well above his original target of £1,000.
Over the last five years, supporters have raised a huge £71,000 for cancer charities via the Pink Weekend thanks to events like the walk to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final, and selling one-off pink players kits.
Ward will also be donating his locks to the Little Princess Trust – a charity which provides real-hair wigs to children and young people suffering with cancer.
He said: “Although I had only known (Beverley) a relatively short time, she made an immediate impression on me and my family.
“It is blindingly obvious that she was an incredible woman.
“She left a giant hole in the hearts of her family and the club.
“I believe the most fitting way for me to remember this remarkable woman is to contribute to the Pink Weekend.
“I wanted to do something significant to raise as much money as possible and, as I have been growing my hair for almost three years, I have decided to do a sponsored head shave with all donations going to one of the charities that Beverley supported, Against Breast Cancer.”