Teacher's big bushy beard gets the chop for charity

PACA vice principal Mr Mellett said goodbye to his beard
PACA vice principal Mr Mellett said goodbye to his beard

The vice principal of a Portslade school told his students he would only shave his beard off if they could raise more than £2,500 for charity.

And just before the end of term, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) teacher Chris Mellett had to say goodbye to his beard after ten years – as they raised £3,200.

Mr Mellett and the three fundraisers

Mr Mellett and the three fundraisers

On Friday, students Leanne Coltherd, Kaitlin Emery and Daniella Birchley – who led the fundraising for East Sussex charity Children with Cancer Fund – each got to clip a chunk of their teacher's beard off in assembly.

PACA teacher Mike Jones in a blond wig and apron, stepped in to shave off the rest – to great cheers from the students and fellow staff members.

Mr Mellett said: “We’re are very proud of the considerable amount of fundraising and volunteering for local causes that PACA students do, and to raise over £3,000 for Children with Cancer Fund is great.”

And asked how it felt to be clean shaven after so long, he said: "Very odd…..and very cold!”.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mission-mellett