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Grieving parents face Christmas without their son

Parents Susan Clarkson and Alfie Leggett
Parents Susan Clarkson and Alfie Leggett

A SCHOOLBOY who helped save the lives of others as an organ donor will be remembered today by his heartbroken family as they prepare to face their first Christmas without their “hero”.

Today marks the first anniversary of Jack Leggett’s death. The nine-year-old from South Shields lost his fight for life just two months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Jack Leggett

Jack Leggett

Following his death, his organs were donated to help save the lives of three other people.

His family, will today, visit a bench which has been placed in his memory in the Marine Park, South Shields, to lay flowers and remember his legacy with pride.

His mother Susan Clarkson, from Primrose Avenue, West Harton, South Shields, said: “Jack was just our hero. There is not a day that passes where we don’t miss him.

“Last Christmas was just a blur, with everything that happened, that this really is our first Christmas without him.”

On the mantelpiece of the family home is the last Christmas card written by his parents to Jack and his two brothers, James and Thomas, while on the tree is a collection of decorations made by the youngster, who also has an older brother Ryan.

Miss Clarkson added: “It is really hard to put into words how I feel, as you are remembering every little detail of where you were this time last year, it is hard.

“But Jack has left us with so many great memories and knowing he has gone on to help save the lives of others, you just can’t express the pride that you feel. He really was and still is ‘our hero’.”

His dad, Alfie Leggett, said: “Jack was a great kid. He was so loving, just an all-round great boy who could always make people smile.

“Christmas is going to be hard, there is no doubt about that. But he has left us with so much. I can’t even describe how proud I am that I am able to call Jack my son.”

Jack’s death left his family and friends heartbroken.

His grandad David Young said: “Jack was a very special grandson, who will always be in our hearts – he is sadly missed.”

His uncle Geoff and auntie Lynne Young said: “Every day he is in our thoughts, he was our ‘little hero’.

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