Mum to have hair shaved in memory of Rob Holland

Rob Holland with brother Steven

Rob Holland with brother Steven

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MUM, who has helped raise more than £175,000 for charity after her teenage son died of a rare tumour seven years ago, will shave her hair off today, on the anniversary of his death.

Rob Holland, who lived in Downley and went to Holmer Green Senior School, died from a Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumour.

In honour of the 15-year-olds life, RobsARTTT (a Rare Teenage Tumour Trust) has continued to raise £34,000 every year to keep medical research going.

Since his death on September 4, 2007, his mum, Amanda Dunkerton, has marked the anniversary by holding a fundraiser, and this year she will go completely bald for the cause.

She said: “I always try and do something on the anniversary of Rob’s death and this year I thought I would do something a bit different.

“We have done walks and other things in the past, but we just want to do something to keep the charity in the public eye.

“When Rob was alive he shaved his hair off which was difficult because he loved his hair, I said I would do it too to raise money and now I am going to.

“I am a bit nervous about doing it because I am going completely bald not just shaved, but my hair will grow back and even though it will be an emotional day, I want to make sure we keep doing things for Rob.”

As well as being supported by friends and family when she has the haircut, Amanda will also make a visit to London with her husband Colin to shave six of his colleague’s hair, before he faces the cut too.

Amanda added we are always grateful for the support and it is good to see team RobsARTTT is still going strong.

She had shocked her hairdresser at Spirit Hair Company, in Downley, when she told them about her haircut, but they will be fully behind her today, in memory of Rob.

To donate for this latest fundraiser, please visit or text ARTT92 (plus the amount you would like to donate) to 70070.

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