The event took place in a packed school hall at lunchtime as pupils and teachers crowded in watch.
Eddie was diagnosed with Myeloma (cancer of the blood cells) earlier this year and originally hoped to raise at least £200 for the charity but support surpassed his expectations before the event even started.
´I´m excited and nervous at the same time! Lots of people have donated and I´ve raised over £600 so far which is treble my target! A huge thanks to everyone who has got involved and donated! Also a big thanks to Samantha from Top Hat barbers in Knaresborough for giving up her time to come and do the shaving. I think I´ll be most sad to lose the beard but it´s for a fabulous cause, Macmillan do so much to support families affected by cancer. I just hope my head doesn´t get too cold and I don´t cry on stage when it all comes off!’
Staff and pupils were putting money into a bucket for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave appeal while Samantha from Top Hat Barbers on Knaresborough High Street worked on cropping Eddie’s hair.
There was also a sale of cakes made by an ex pupil to raise more money.
Eddie started off smiling although he admitted to being a little nervous as Samantha started up the clippers. He managed to make jokes as his head was shaved first then his precious beard. The process took only ten minutes with regular breaks for Eddie to take progress selfies of his various changing images and crack jokes for the audience.
There was a long, loud round of applause when his moustache was finally shaved off leaving his head smooth all over. Still smiling Eddie said
“I am delighted to have raised so much money. Thank you to everyone who has donated here and online”
Donations can still be made via the Macmillan Cancer Support website by searching for Edward Churchill.