A grieving Wigan mum has paid glowing tribute to her teenaged son as she prepares to say goodbye.
Cameron Chadwick had been riding a motorbike for the first time when it crashed on Helvellyn Road, Norley, last week.
He was ambitious. He always had plans to pass his test and have a nice car. He wanted his own electrician businessMum Stacey
Contrary to some rumours, the 15-year-old was wearing a helmet, family say; but he was critically injured and Wigan Infirmary doctors were unable to save him.
His mother Stacey spoke exclusively to the Post as she mourns her son and reveals plans to set up a foundation as a lasting legacy to him.
She said: “He was the funniest, happiest, cheekiest, most loving, caring lad. He was full of life.
“He was a really good big brother. He was protective of me as well. He was the man of the house.”
Stacey, who lives in Norley, proudly said that he and she were “like best friends” and that every morning and evening he would tell her that he loved her.
She said he never got into trouble, always said “hello “to old people and made sure children did not get bullied.
Cameron and his six-year-old sister Brodie were “inseparable” and he liked spending time with his grandmother.
He was working hard at Abraham Guest Academy and was looking to the future.
He was keen to get a job and had been helping to design a website for the new family business.
Stacey said: “He was ambitious. He always had plans to pass his test and have a nice car. He wanted his own electrician business.”
Cameron loved riding the segway he was given as a Christmas present, dancing, spending time with his friends, using computers, watching films, and playing football and basketball.
Stacey said: “He loved trampolining. I have got videos of him doing back flips. He was unreal.”
He had celebrated his 15th birthday just a week and a half earlier with a family meal at the Olive Garden restaurant in Standish.
He also liked playing pranks, often hiding behind a wall and jumping out to surprise people.
Stacey said: “Cameron lived his life every day. He was independent and confident. He was active. He made sure he had a laugh every single day of his life.”
Cameron is survived by Stacey and Brodie, as well as his dad John, nan Pat, Stacey’s partner Ian Adamczyk and his 10-year-old son Louey.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, with a horse-drawn carriage taking a coffin covered in photographs of Cameron from his home in Norley.
It will set off at 1.30pm and stop on Helvellyn Road - where Cameron fell off the bike - for a minute’s silence. The procession will continue to Pemberton St John’s Church for a service at 2pm, which will include songs performed by his friends.