Leeds United fan wears colours of arch rivals Manchester United for Wakefield Hospice

Landlord Darren Forsyth wearing Manchester united baseball cap for charity at the Hammer & Stithy pub and friend Phil Hemingway handing over cash to Samantha Wood from Wakefield Hospice. (w622c452)

Landlord Darren Forsyth wearing Manchester united baseball cap for charity at the Hammer & Stithy pub and friend Phil Hemingway handing over cash to Samantha Wood from Wakefield Hospice. (w622c452)

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Lifelong Leeds United fan Darren Forsyth has been persuaded to wear the colours of arch rivals Manchester United to raise cash for charity.

Mr Forsyth, landlord at the Hammer and Stithy in Ossett, will be wearing a Red Devils’ baseball cap during a shift behind the bar on Sunday evening.

He decided to switch allegiances for five hours after his friend - and Manchester United supporter - Phil Hemingway said he’d give £400 to Wakefield Hospice if Mr Forsyth took the plunge.

Mr Forsyth, 38, who has supported the Elland Road club all his life, said: “We raised £400 for the hospice from a raffle on Boxing Day.

“Me and Phil always have a bit of rival football banter and he said if I wore a Man United shirt, he’d give another £400 to the hospice.

“I laughed and told him ‘that will cost you £1,000, £400 gets you a hat’.”

Mr Forsyth, who has supported the Elland Road club all his life, said: “I always have a Leeds shirt on when I’m in the pub so I know I’m going to get a lot of stick for this but that’s what football is all about at the end of the day.

“If wearing the hat raises more money for charity, then I’m not bothered.”

Mr Forsyth has been landlord at the Dewsbury Road pub for two years and has helped raise more than £10,000 for several charities through fundraising events.

Last year the pub held a fundraising day which raised more than £3,000 for Wakefield Hospice and Yorkshire Cancer Care.