Dad raises thousands wearing fancy dress outfits for every work video call in lockdown

Nick just loves dressing up (Pictures: Nick Jemetta/

A man has raised £6,400 and counting for charity, by wearing hilarious fancy dress outfits to work during lockdown.

Father of two Nick Jemetta, 37, has worn 34 different fancy dress outfits during lockdown, attending hundreds of video calls for his job. As well as raising vital funds, Nick’s aim is to make people laugh and to encourage more conversations about mental health.

He even says that his own mental health has been boosted by wearing the costumes.

Nick’s latest antics involved him wearing 13 Christmas-themed costumes to create festive cheer, joy and laughter for the elderly, isolated and lonely in his local community.

Having recognised that this Christmas will be like no other, Nick, who is from Hitchen, felt compelled to support the mental health of those in his local community who were most at risk of feeling isolated and lonely.

Flower power (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
Monkeying around with the kids (Picture: Nick Jemetta)

He set out to raise money for two Hertfordshire charities: Age UK Hertfordshire and North Herts and Stevenage Samaritans, and so far he has raised more than £2,000 including gift aid. Combined with the money he raised during the first lockdown, he’s now raised £6,400 for charity in 2020.

With his own lived experience of mental ill health, Nick knows how what it’s like to feel isolated and alone.

‘This year has been like no other,’ says Nick. ‘Our lives have been restricted more than we ever thought possible, with serious consequences for the physical and mental health of millions of people across the country.

Any Breaking Bad fans in the house? (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
The teeth really make it (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
Anyone for pudding? (Picture: Nick Jemetta)

‘I wanted to do something to help – and whilst I’m not a doctor or nurse, I’ve found my calling in dressing up to make everyone around me laugh.

‘It has been brilliant fun and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m most proud of the impact the donations will have, especially for Age UK Herts and Samaritans North Herts. Knowing the money will directly support the most isolated, lonely and emotionally distressed local people in my community is the best Christmas present I could have hoped for.’

Nick says his favourite costume so far is easily his Hulk Hogan get-up.

‘He was my idol when I was growing up,’ Nick explains, ‘and re-creating the character was a huge amount of fun.

A childhood dream (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
The whole family got involved (Picture: Nick Jemetta)

‘I love the sense of fun and joy you get from fancy dress – the ability to be someone else and play a character. It created so much positivity and laughter among my family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

‘Plus, I now have enough costumes for years’ worth of fancy dress parties.’

Nick says that all of the causes he has raised money for have a personal significance to him.

Are those nipples work-appropriate? (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
Must’ve been a bit hard to type (Picture: Nick Jemetta)
The best present under the tree (Picture: Nick Jemetta)

‘I chose to support Age UK Hertfordshire and Samaritans North Herts with my Christmas costumes because they provide outreach and support to the loneliest and most isolated in my local community,’ he says.

‘Many of these people see no other human beings from one day to the next and that puts a huge amount of strain on their mental health.’

Nick has set up a JustGiving page for his work fancy dress campaign and his 12 days of Christmas challenge – and he is still taking donations.

It doesn’t look like he will be back in normal clothes any time soon.

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