Dad to ditch beard in memory of Matt

Perry Perryson appealing for sponsors to have his beard shaved off.
Perry Perryson appealing for sponsors to have his beard shaved off.

An Ilkeston dad will part ways with his beard to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his brother-in-law who died last year.

Perry Perryson, 37, is asking people to sponsor him to shave his pride and joy off in memory of Matthew Derbyshire.

Matt lost his battle with cancer last year, aged of 33. He was diagnosed at the age of 17 and had been clear for a few years. Unfortunately the cancer came back aggressively.

Perry, who has two children, said: “I have enjoyed growing my beard but my wife doesn’t like it. My target is to raise £200 for the charity. I wanted to do something for Matt’s family. “

Perry, who lived on LordHaddon Road and works as an upholsterer, said he is rarely clean shaven and has grown a full beard in the last six month.

It has now got to the stage where his children Ethen, 12, and Kain, 10, have started telling him he has food in his beard.

He said: “It’s time for the beard to go but I’m going to try and squeeze some money out of it at the same time.

“My wife Sharon has said its time for the beard to go but I’m not giving it up without benefitting a worthy cause.

“I’ve always found Movember to be a bit annoying. Raising money by letting your face do what it naturally will isn’t much of a challenge in my eyes.

“Parting with the best ,thickest most luscious chin hair that I have ever squeezed from my follicles will be a little loss for me .for this loss I require compensation to be paid to an important charity in memory ofMatt.”

To sponsor Perry log onto www.justgiving.com/perry-Perryson or text PETW47 followed by the amount to 70070