Club’s fundraising goal for team mate

Liam Womersley with his football pals as they begin shaving Sean Brett's head
Liam Womersley with his football pals as they begin shaving Sean Brett's head

A FOOTBALL team have sacrificed their hair to support a team mate as he goes through chemotherapy.

Members of the Wrangbrook Football Club had their heads shaved to raise money for the hospital ward where their team mate and friend Liam Womersley is being treated.

Mr Womersley, from Elder Drive, Upton, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September, shortly after he joined the football club last summer.

The disease has since spread to his lymph nodes and the 23-year-old law graduate has undergone two operations and started chemotherapy in January.

Mr Womersley said: “I’ve been losing my hair for about two weeks now and they decided to sacrifice theirs and shave it off too.

“I’ve had so much support from all the players, sometimes I can’t make some of the games but everyone always asks how I am.”

The players raised more than £1,000 through sponsors of the head shaving event on Sunday, when some of the members also had their legs and backs waxed.

The money will go towards the 18-25-year-old cancer ward at the Leeds General Infirmary, which is run on charitable donations.

The Wrangbook pub, which hosted the event that included a raffle and DJ, also raised £1400 for the ward through bucket collections.

Mr Womersley added: “I didn’t know they were doing that and they presented me with the cheque on Sunday. I’d just like to say a massive thanks to the pub owners and everybody who goes to the pub who donated, as well as everyone who came to the event and the team.

“I’ve had a lot of support everyone and it’s massively helping, people I don’t even know come up and ask how I am, I’ve made lots of new friends which it’s great.”

Mr Womersley, who is on a graduate scheme with Calor Gas, has three weeks left of chemotherapy that he hopes will be the last.