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Former Kennet School teacher in charity head shave appeal

Teacher with Parkinson's raising funds

Former Kennet School teacher in charity head shave appeal

A FORMER Kennet School teacher will be losing her hair for charity.

Monique Warham will be ‘Shaving for Shaking’ in a sponsored head shave to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

The 56-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which leads to a loss of nerve cells in the brain.

The disease leads to tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement.

Mrs Warham said: “Because of Parkinson’s, I can’t take on extreme physical challenges but I knew I wanted to do something drastic to fundraise, so I came up with the head shave.

“I am nervous, especially about how members of the public will react afterwards, but I hope that my new look might spark conversations so I can tell people why I did it.

“People don’t understand much about Parkinson’s so as well as raising vital funds, I want to raise awareness of the condition too.”

The hair-raising experience is the latest in Mrs Warham’s fundraising activities.

Since her diagnosis, she has raised £2,250 for Parkinson’s UK through a non-uniform day at Kennet School.

This time, she aims to raise £1,000 which will be split between Parkinson’s UK and the University of Oxford, where Parkinson’s research projects are currently taking place.

Director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, Paul Jackson-Clark, said: “I’d like to wish Monique the very best of luck with her brave head shave.

“I hope her story will inspire others to take up a challenge for Parkinson’s UK.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work
to find a cure, and we’re closer than

“But our work is dependent on donations.”

To sponsor Mrs Warham visit her online giving page at

She will brave the shave at Mac Hair, Hungerford, on Saturday, February 27, at 3pm.

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