British event rider Ben Hobday is sporting a new, smoother look after he shaved his head to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The 19-year-old decided to shave his head in support of his yard manager, Dianne Lee, who has been diagnosed with cancer, and his mother, who is in remission.

Ben said: “Dianne has been diagnosed with cancer and when her hair started to fall out, she asked me to shave mine off, too.

“I thought we could raise some money for charity in the process and Cancer Research seemed the right cause because it is really important to me that doctors look for ways of preventing and stopping all types of cancer.”

Ben was a member of the British squad at the 2007 European Championships and is based in Cheshire.

Donations can be submitted through www.benhobday.com or donated directly to www.cancerresearchuk.org.

Cheques can be sent to Ben Hobday, Rowley Farm Stud, Quarry bank, Utkinton, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0lA.