A sporting tribute to Harrison

Pictured centre,  Mackenzie Maddison (13), who helped organise the event and Bone Cancer Research Community Fundraiser, Dee McKenna with some of Harrison's friends
Pictured centre, Mackenzie Maddison (13), who helped organise the event and Bone Cancer Research Community Fundraiser, Dee McKenna with some of Harrison's friends

Hundreds of school friends of a boy who died from cancer gathered to mark his first anniversary.

The Harrison Ledsham Memorial took place at Blackbrook Rugby Club, in St Helens, as a special tribute to the 12-year-old from Haydock.

Holly McMullen (13), Kelsey Helsby (13) and Hannagh Gough (12) with a special cake

 in memory of Harrison Ledsham

Holly McMullen (13), Kelsey Helsby (13) and Hannagh Gough (12) with a special cake in memory of Harrison Ledsham

The event was organised by Harrison’s best friend, Mackenzie Maddison, with support from his mum Beverley.

At total of £1,600 was raised on the day, which will go towards Bone Cancer Research Trust

Beverley, of Haydock, said: “The event was fantastic. It was a bit emotional when Harrison’s team at Blackbrook played their match. A bunch of flowers with a nice verse and a rugby ball was placed on the centre of the pitch before a one minute’s silence.

“The rest of the day was very high spirited and everyone had fun. Harrison’s mum, Karen, put on Facebook that Harrison would have loved the event, which means a lot.”

Harrison would have loved the event

Beverley Maddison

The festivities also included a bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle.

Harrison died on May 14 2015 after a one-year battle with bone cancer.

He was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma tumour above his left knee in April 2014 and despite having his knee amputated, the cancer had spread to his lungs.

His bravery had won the hearts of many, earning him Merseyrail Child of Courage Award and amputee charity AIM NW UK’s Inspirational Child of the Year in 2014.