East Durham College barber Alison Scattergood shaves off Sotech employee Gary Wheatley's beard for charity

College Lends A Hand For Company Charity Day

East Durham College were delighted to be able to help a local company during their annual charity day last week.

Manufacturing company Sotech Peterlee held their 5th annual Pink Day, which coincides with national Wear it Pink Day, which helps to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

And one Sotech employee had been counting down to this day for a whole year.

Gary Wheatley, 52, from Peterlee, decided to grow his beard for a year in to the run up to last week’s charity day, dying his beard pink for the cause, and to then have it shaved off on the day.

A call was made to the college who were more than happy to help, with barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood popping along to give Gary a wet shave to remove his beloved beard.

The day was a huge success with fundraising around the factory, smashing their target total of £200.

Operations manager at Sotech, Tony Norton, hailed the day as a huge success and thanked the college for coming along to help out at the event.

Tony said: “This was a great event once again and is something we are proud to hold every year.

“Staff took part by coming in wearing pink items of clothing and some with dyed pink hair, but everyone was looking forward to seeing Gary lose his now beloved beard.

“A huge thanks to the college for coming along and helping us out on what was a great day for a fantastic cause.”

East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison scattergood added: “It’s great to be able to go out into the local community and help out at these events.

“Breast Cancer effects many people’s lives and this is a really worthwhile cause that I was very proud to be involved with.”

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