Long haired teacher is cut down to size

Tony Peers has his head shaved by Joe Kilshaw of Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club for the GEM Appeal.
Tony Peers has his head shaved by Joe Kilshaw of Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club for the GEM Appeal.
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A school teacher is feeling a bit chilly on top after taking part in a sponsored head shave to boost funds for research into rare conditions.

Tony Peers, 32, of Fulwood, Preston, is a teacher at Larches House School in Preston where a fundraising tea party was held in aid of the GEM Appeal which raises money for research into incurable genetic conditions.

Tony, an IT teacher at the school, is a keen supporter of the cause as his nine-month-old son Matthew has a rare genetic condition called Phenylketonuria (PKU), which means the body is unable to use an essential amino acid.

Tony’s niece Millie Lonergan - daughter of Preston North End goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan, also has the rare condition.

As well as Tony’s head shave, the tea party featured tea, cakes, a tombola and a visit from Preston’s Mayor. All funds raised will go to the GEM Appeal.