CHARLTON ATHLETIC striker Lyle Taylor will again go pink for October to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.
The Addicks striker, who netted five goals in his first six Championship games, will dye his hair pink at the start of October and sport the look throughout the month.
Last year, Taylor raised more than £16,000 as the Charlton family got behind his campaign and this season he is encouraging more people to get involved and join in.
The 29-year-old said: “I was overwhelmed by the support from the Charlton fanbase and the wider footballing world last season and I am very proud we were able to raise so much money and awareness.”
He explained his motivation: “My story is my family, it’s three out of my four grandparents, it’s my aunt, it’s my other aunt’s mum who passed away, it’s my family that’s the most important thing.
“Over the last year I’ve met so many people, Charlton fans who have lost people. With all these people that I’ve met, I’m proud and glad that I’m able to do it again and hopefully raise even more awareness and get even more people involved and spread the message even further.”
Last year multiple groups of young Charlton fans were so inspired by Lyle that they sprayed their hair pink for a variety of football games in October and this year the striker is hoping even more people get involved and join his campaign.
He smiled: “It will be bigger and pinker this year as obviously I’ve got more hair, the maintenance is going to be a nightmare but I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be good and hopefully it will be bigger this year so we can get more people involved.”
The Valley turned pink last season for the visit of Oxford United and the club are once against dedicating a match day to Lyle’s campaign. There will be a pink match day programme and much more for the visit of Derby County on October 19, which will also see local youngsters join the campaign as part of the club and community trust’s Young Greenwich Day.
Lyle said: “It will be amazing to see The Valley on that day. Obviously we have more fans here than we had last year.
“We’re hoping that more people here means more pink and that more pink means more awareness and we can spread that even further.
“It’s not about the money we raised, I said that last year, it’s about the number of people that are having the conversation.”