We are very proud of Jo Kichenbrand, a 16 year old pupil in year 11 at Rosebery School, Epsom.
On 26th March she will be doing a very brave challenge: shaving her head for Momentum. Here are Jo's words for why she has decided to do this:
"I chose to shave my head to raise money and show support for those living with terminal illnesses like Leukaemia because I had a close friend with Leukaemia when I was younger. At the time, I was too young to do anything to help. I would go to fundraising events or sit with her in the hospital but I always felt like a bystander. I couldn't physically make a difference myself and I hated that. I could see she was in pain but didn't know what to do. Her mum (Ali) was one of the founders of Momentum which is what makes them in particular a special charity to me. Now that I am older, I have a chance to help others who feel the pain she felt so I am more than happy to do what I can. Nobody should have to feel like that and If I can make a difference, I will. Many people have asked if I'm worried that it will look weird having no hair but that's not what it's about. So many people have lost their hair due to illnesses and to me, they all still look beautiful. People need to learn to look beyond appearance and into a person's soul so that they may understand the pain and determination of all these young people. So, I am shaving my head to show that I want to help them overcome their struggles."