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Ross is a cut above for Wooden Spoon Scotland

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Ross Mitchell, the lock with locks.

PENICUIK rugby player Ross Mitchell went from being the ‘Lock with the locks’ to ‘Baldilocks’ on Saturday, February 23 in a bid to raise vital funds for Wooden Spoon Scotland.

The 21-year-old has become well known for his hair style in recent years, but come 5.30pm at half-time in the England versus Wales Six Nations match, it all came off in front of club mates, friends, family and fundraisers at the Midlothian club’s clubhouse.

“A couple of different factors came into deciding when to shave my hair for charity,” Ross said. “The biggest being me leaving university, I’ve had this hairstyle throughout high school and uni so it felt like a good place to leave it, just before I graduate and start a new chapter of my life. And obviously as I’ve had it such a long time I needed to make something of the occasion.

“So, when I decided I was going to shave my hair I started looking at charities and when I read the background of Wooden Spoon Scotland and the work done I instantly knew that it was the right charity, especially given my rugby background.”

Ross started playing the sport when he was around five-years-old at Penicuik. He played for Penicuik until he was 13 before he moved to Dalkeith for two seasons, Heriots for one season and Lasswade for two seasons. Aged 19, the former Penicuik High School pupil who now attends Heriot-Watt University and studies Chemistry, returned to his local club and has been playing second-row for the first XV since.

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Ross Mitchell after the head shave!

“I always enjoyed the camaraderie of rugby,” he explained. “The laugh you can have after a serious 80 minutes on the pitch, with both your team mates and other teams, is great. There isn’t really any other sport that you can knock lumps out of an opposite number for a full match then have a beer with them after in the clubhouse!

“I’m okay about losing my locks. The hair been part of my character for all these years so to have it gone in just a few minutes is slightly surreal, but it is all for a great cause.”

So far, Ross has raised over £2200 for Wooden Spoon Scotland and would like to thank Penicuik Rugby Football ClubTartan Trades LtdThe Wee Bow Company, The Fit Guy and Gravity Bottle Shop. A special thanks to Jimmy and Christine Martin at The Old Crown Inn, Penicuik for the donation bucket which raised over £500!

He added, “when I announced this challenge I wasn’t expecting the reaction I received, it has been unbelievable. The generosity displayed by people all around me has been staggering and I truly cannot thank everyone who contributed to the day, big or small, enough – thanks to each and every one of you, you’ve been brilliant in supporting this.

“It is is with complete disbelief I am very happy to announce we raised £2,264.22 for Wooden Spoon Scotland. That is an amount I never dreamed I would raise. Thanks to everyone who has been with me in shaving my head and supporting a truly brilliant charity, ’till next time…”

There is still time to support Ross through his JustGiving page.