SHE’s done it! Former Kennet School teacher Monique Warham has shaved off her hair for a charity close to her heart.
The 56-year-old was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014 and decided to set about raising funds for vital research towards a cure.
The former French teacher braved the razor in a sponsored head shave at Mac Hair in Hungerford last Saturday.
And she has raised almost three times more than her £1,000 target, with a total of £2,768, including Gift Aid, donated so far.
Mrs Warham said: “I knew that shaving my head was a little drastic, but being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a drastic moment in anyone’s life, as are the inevitable changes you have to make.
“I had a little emotional wobble on the day, especially as strangers came to encourage me and fill our bucket. However, it was a joyful event, surrounded by fantastic friends and family, and we never forgot why we were doing this.
“I’m really pleased to have raised this much money for Parkinson’s UK, which is a godsend to so many patients and for me, a lifeline.
“The money will also go towards research projects in Oxford – these committed teams of doctors are making headway and even though it is likely to be too late for me, I have no doubt it will help future generations.
“I want to thank everybody who has supported my head shave in any way they could.
“The whole experience has been humbling and the support received from everybody has been overwhelming.
“My head is a little chilly in this weather, but the look is not so scary. I have woolly hats at the ready, and it’s all been worth it.”
‘Shaving for Shaking’ was the latest in Mrs Warham’s fundraising activities.
“Last year, she raised £2,250 for the charity through a non-uniform day at Kennet School.
Director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, Paul Jackson-Clark, said: “I’d like to congratulate Monique on a really successful fundraiser.
“It’s fantastic to see how the local community got behind her challenge and helped her to smash her fundraising target.
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity, we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever.
“But our work is dependent on donations and fundraisers like Monique.”
There is still time to donate by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MoniqueWarham