A close shave for friends of brave Doncaster boy

Liam Dunne and mum Jo Hobson prepare for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Light the Night walk.

Liam Dunne and mum Jo Hobson prepare for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's Light the Night walk.

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Friends of an inspirational Doncaster schoolboy - who raised funds for charity before his death - have kept his memory alive by shaving their heads for good causes.

The group of 10 boys and five girls - known as Liam’s Warriors - lopped off their locks in memory of pal Liam Dunne, who died aged just 12 in 2013 after a cancer battle.

Some chose to have a hair cut, while others shaved their head at the Room 4 salon in Hyde Park on Monday - the place where Balby boy Liam had his hair cut when he realised he would lose it while undergoing treatment.

The youngsters’ hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss during cancer treatment.

Money raised at the event will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, Sheffield, where Liam spent his final days.

Liam’s mum, Joanne Hobson, said she is extremely proud of all his friends for their efforts.

She added: “I feel so touched that they want to do this in memory of their friend Liam.

“They wanted to raise money for children like Liam and to keep his memory alive.”

Melanie Rose, community fundraiser for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, thanked the youngsters for their generosity.

She added: “Liam’s Warriors’ have been wonderful in carrying on the fundraising that Liam started before he sadly passed away in 2013.

“They are all very brave individuals, and we are so proud of them for having their lovely locks chopped off in aid of Bluebell Wood.

“I’m sure Liam’s mum, Jo, is glad to have such great ongoing support from his friends.”

During treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant form of cancer, Liam raised more than £8,000 for a range of charities.

Liam’s Warriors Trust was set up to carry on Liam’s charity work in his memory and has collectively raised more than £32, 000 for various good causes.

Mum Joanne, along with five friends, took part in the Three Peaks Challenge last year to raise money for the cause.

She also joined hundreds of walkers on a sponsored walk called Night of Neon, in which they wore glowing items while walking a 2.1 mile course in Doncaster to raise money for the hospice.

Prior to that, in March 2014, a group of 23 of Liam’s friends donned onesies for a sponsored run around the Keepmoat Stadium in memory of their pal. They zipped up their onesies for a jog around the pitch during half time at a Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday game and were cheered on by the thousands of people in the crowds.