Memorial event for Harrison

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Friends of a boy who died of cancer will mark his first year anniversary with a charity rugby tournament.

The Harrison Ledsham Memorial will take place at Blackbrook Rugby Club, in St Helens, on May 15, as a special tribute to the 12-year-old.

Rather than being a day of sadness we want it to be a celebration of his life

Beverley Maddison

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

All money raised will go towards Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Beverley, of Haydock, said: “To remember Harrison we wanted to raise funds for bone cancer, as there is not as much publicity and funding for it as other cancers due to it being quite rare.

“We wanted to bring the community together to remember and celebrate Harrison’s life.

“All his school friends are coming, as well as his team mates from Blackbrook Rugby Club, where he played in the under 11s team, before he was diagnosed.

“The best way to pay tribute to Harrison would be a memorial rugby match, with a one-minute silence beforehand.

“This means a lot to Mackenzie. He instigated the event as he didn’t want the day of Harrison’s death to go without remembering him.

“It also means a lot to Harrison’s parents, Paul and Karen, knowing that the community are coming together to remember him.

“Everyone who knew him loved him. He made everyone smile and had such a positive impact on everyone he met.

“I am hoping lots of people will come along on the day to remember Harrison.

“Rather than being a day of sadness we want it to be a celebration of his life.”

The memorial day is from 10am until 2pm.

Admission is free and also includes bouncy castles, a raffle, games and stalls.

Beverley added: “People have been so generous and donated a lot of prizes for our raffles, which we really appreciate.”

Harrison, of Haydock, died on May 14 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 in July, 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.