A WINDOW cleaner is planning to go to work dressed as Father Christmas for the whole of December to raise money for a cancer charity.

Levi Mitchell, 21, is hoping to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research after his colleague died from the disease last month.

Mr Mitchell, who lives in East Road in West Mersea, works for Hanley Cleaning Services and plans to complete his December window rounds around Essex in a Santa suit.

He was prompted to raise money after friend Russell Stevenson, 53, died in November.

“Russell was diagnosed six months ago and by then they had caught it too late and they couldn’t do anything for him,” Mr Mitchell said.

“He was the one who got me into the trade, I didn’t know what to be doing before he asked me to become a window cleaner so I owe him a lot.”

He added: “Cancer seems to be hitting people more and more now.

“I know from my own experience, and we have all had family affected by it.”

Mr Mitchell is hoping customers and neighbours of customers will contribute while he works in the run up to Christmas.

“I won’t be hard to miss,” he added.