Hertfordshire man wears different fancy dress costume everyday to keep spirits up during lockdown

A man from Hertfordshire is raising money for three charities by wearing a different fancy dress costume for work everyday in May.

Nicholas Jemetta from Hitchin has worn the outfits in more than 250 video calls with his colleagues.

Nicholas said the challenge has boosted his mental health and helped lift the lockdown blues.

I’m genuinely shocked and taken aback by the response so far. Video conference fatigue is affecting so many of us up and down the country. By simply changing my appearance I’ve seen more smiles, more laughter and more meaningful connections during my many video calls. It’s given my mental health a much-needed boost and based on colleague feedback, it’s been beneficial for them too. >

Nicholas Jemetta
Nicholas hopes it will boost the mental health of friends, family and colleagues during lockdown. Credit: Nicholas Jemetta

Nicholas' costumes have included Harry Potter, Mr Incredible and Maverick from Top Gun.

He admits that some have been “a bit of a squeeze” as they belong to his children.

So far, he's raised more than £2,000 for NHS Charities Together,Alzheimer’s Society and Mental Health UK, originally setting a target of £500.

On July 1, Nicholas is hoping to break a world record for the largest number of people in fancy dress on a video call.

He's hoping for a variety of wacky costumes and is planning for his finale outfit to be the most eye-catching yet.