Award named in honour of Harrison

Harrison Ledsham
Harrison Ledsham

AN AWARD to honour brave children will be renamed in tribute to a young schoolboy who lost his fight with cancer.

Harrison Ledsham, who died last week following a year-long battle with bone cancer, had proved to be such an influential youngster that amputee charity AIM NW UK has chosen to change its Inspiration Child Award in his honour.

The 12-year-old from Haydock caught the imagination of the organisation after he lost his leg last summer as he had an osteosarcoma tumour above his left knee.

He won the award himself at the end of last year and so as a fitting honour, it will be renamed the Harrison Ledsham Award.

Stephen Cruse, director of AIM NW UK, said: “Each year we have the Inspirational Child of the Year Award and Harrison won that in December. He was the most inspirational child we have worked with that year and we are changing that in his name.

“With what he had been through he had touched so many hearts. He was such a brave young man. He fought so hard and had gone through so much, but every time we saw him, he was full of smiles.

“He was such a lovely boy and an inspiration to everybody.

“He got upset a few times, as you would expect, but he put on such a brave face, and carried on as normal, going out with his friends, being active.

“We hope this will be a comfort to his parents, Karen and Paul.

“We have worked alongside them over the last 12 months and they have been through so much. We spoke to them about the award and they are overwhelmed by it.

“There has been so much response from social media as many have given kind words of tribute to Harrison. He touched us all.”