Schoolboy Harrison loses cancer battle

Harrison Ledsham with his parents Paul and Karen
Harrison Ledsham with his parents Paul and Karen

TRIBUTES have poured in after a popular schoolboy has lost his fight with cancer.

Harrison Ledsham, of Haydock, died on Thursday night after battling with bone cancer.

The brave 12-year-old was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma tumour above his knee earlier last year and had his leg amputed last July.

His mum informed supporters and well-wishers on Twitter, by posting: “Our brave @HarrisonLedsham lost his courageous fight at 10.50pm.”

Messages of support and tributes have flooded in on social media, as Harrison’s plight had touched so many.

Harrison, who attended Haydock High School, was well know in the rugby world, as he was a huge St Helens RFC fan and he led out the team ahead of the World Club Challenge against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in February.

Harrison Ledsham

Harrison Ledsham

St Helens RFC, the rugby team Harrison supported, tweeted: “We’ve received the sad news that Harrison Ledsham has passed away. All thoughts at the club are with his family. Sleep well little Saint.

“Harrison would light up a room when he entered. The players and staff loved having him at the club for lunch and other visits. He will be missed.”

Saints captain Paul Wellens said: “Harrison Ledsham. We will miss you our little mate. Such Courage and Bravery in one so young. God Bless.”

Greg Inglis, Australian professional rugby league footballer, who met Harrison at the World Cup Challenge, posted: “Just heard some sad news.. RIP Harrison.. Deepest sympathy to all family.”

Harrison Ledsham. We will miss you our little mate. Such Courage and Bravery in one so young. God Bless

Paul Wellens

Andy Reid, ex soldier and amputee from St Helens, who had also supported Harrison on his journey, posted: “Life can be very cruel. Rest In Peace Harrison you where a very brave young inspirational man xx

Liverpool FC News tweeted: “So sad to hear about young Reds fan Harrison Ledsham, who has died.”

The North West Juniors rugby league asked teams to hold a minute’s silence in memory of the youngster at the weekend.

A statement posted on its website said: “It is with great sadness we announce the sad passing earlier tonight of Harrison after a brave fight against cancer.

“Harrison was a member of the Blackbrook Royals club who have been tremendous in their support of Harrison and his family. They have been a credit to the family game of rugby league in the compassionate way they have conducted themselves.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both the Ledsham and Blackbrook families during this sad time.

“As a mark of respect could we please ask all our member clubs to observe a minutes silence before our games this weekend.”