Mum Anne shows her love for lost chil­dren

De­voted mum raises cash for char­i­ties

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lor­raine Weir

A de­voted mum whose two chil­dren died af­ter a bat­tle with a rare ge­netic con­di­tion has taken part in her lat­est char­ity bid.

Anne Hollern, who lost lit­tle Rob­bie and Rosie to in­fan­tile Bat­ten’s disease, has gath­ered more than £20,000 in their mem­ory for the hos­pice they at­tended.

The Bal­loch mum’s lat­est brave bid saw her shave off her hair.

Anne told the Len­nox:“A lot of peo­ple say‘I couldn’t do that’. Bear­ing in mind what I have been through, it doesn’t mat­ter. It’s only hair and it will grow back.”

A brave mum who has de­voted much of her life to fundrais­ing in mem­ory of two of her chil­dren has shaved her head to coin in cash for other char­i­ties.

So ded­i­cated is Anne Hollern to the cause that, de­spite break­ing her wrist hours af­ter shed­ding her hair, she got it plas­tered up and re­turned to a fundrais­ing party in or­der to max­imise her char­ity col­lec­tions.

The Bal­loch woman, along with hus­band Mark, has raised over £20,000 for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pice As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land (CHAS) as son Rob­bie and daugh­ter Rosie at­tended Bal­loch’s Robin House dur­ing their bat­tles with In­fan­tile Bat­ten’s Disease.

But Anne, of Kes­sog Gar­dens, wanted to hon­our friends and fam­ily who have been di­ag­nosed with can­cer over the years by shav­ing her head last month.

The mum, who works as a class­room as­sis­tant at Her­mitage Academy in He­lens­burgh, said: “I did it for friends and fam­ily over the years that have been af­fected by can­cer.

“I have done a lot for CHAS over the years be­cause of our story and we have had a lot of sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity which I wanted to pay back.”

Anne has al­ready tot­ted up £2500 which she plans to split be­tween the Vale of Leven Hos­pi­tal on­col­ogy unit, Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port, St Mar­garet of Scot­land Hos­pice and the Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity.

It is her lat­est fundrais­ing ven­ture af­ter tak­ing on a host of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing sev­eral marathon Kilt­walk treks from Glas­gow to Bal­loch for CHAS.

De­voted Anne was preg­nant with Rosie when three-yearold Rob­bie was di­ag­nosed with In­fan­tile Bat­ten’s Disease, a neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive ge­netic con­di­tion which causes seizures.

Ev­ery one kills a bit of the brain and, when di­ag­nosed, the fam­ily were told it was ter­mi­nal and that the chil­dren would only sur­vive un­til mid-child­hood. Rosie was later di­ag­nosed with the dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tion.

Rob­bie sadly died at the age of six in 2008 and Rosie passed away in her mum’s arms when she was eight, in 2014.

Anne and hus­band Mark, who have daugh­ters Roxie, seven, and four-year-old Ruthie who are clear of the disease, still talk about their el­dest chil­dren and en­sure they are an in­te­gral part of the fam­ily.

The mum said: “We have lots of pic­tures of Rob­bie and Rosie round the house and the girls al­ways talk about them. The hos­pice were great with us.

“I will never tire of talk­ing about the hos­pice and I will still fundraise for Robin House and CHAS, but I needed some­thing new to fo­cus on.

“I just had it in my head I was go­ing to do a head shave.

“A lot of peo­ple say ‘I couldn’t do that’. Bear­ing in mind what I have been through, it doesn’t mat­ter. It’s only hair and it will grow back. It’s not the end of the world. I am to­tally blown away. I thought I would be lucky to get £1000.”

Anne’s head shave, car­ried out by hair­dresser Eleanor Nee­son, was broad­cast live on Face­book with hun­dreds of peo­ple tun­ing in who gave gen­er­ously as they watched.

Anne and hus­band Mark were then at a fancy dress birth­day party that night at St Patrick’s Church Hall and Anne, dressed up as Foxxy Cleopa­tra to Mark’s Austin Pow­ers, was armed with a fundrais­ing bucket to col­lect do­na­tions.

But dis­as­ter struck as she ex­plained: “I was on the cor­ner of the stage and fell back. I put my hands down to save my­self.

“We went to hos­pi­tal at the Vale. They were laugh­ing at us when we went in be­cause we were dressed up. It all got plas­tered and we went back to the party. I wanted to go round peo­ple with my bucket.”

Anne thanked her friends at Chris­tine War­ren’s Slim­ming World group who kindly do­nated and Po­laroid Eye­wear who gave £200 to­wards her to­tal.

Mem­o­ries Anne with daugh­ter Rosie

We are fam­ily, Roxie, seven, and Ruthie, four and in­set Rosie and Rob­bie

De­ter­mined Anne Hollern who shaved her head for can­cer char­i­ties

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