Balloon release tribute to South Shields' Robbie Elliott who lost brave battle with cancer
Loved ones of a brave South Shields boy who died just four days after being diagnosed with cancer have released balloons in his memory.
Three-year-old Robbie Elliott from the Nook area of the town, died surrounded by his loved ones at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on Friday, May 21, following a short battle with cancer.
The brave little boy was found to have had multiple tumours in his body and had been receiving treatment, but the family were later informed that he had widespread undifferentiated mesenchymal cancer and there was nothing they could do.
Now mum, Kayleigh Johnston, 28, and step-dad Corey Wilson, 30, have honoured Robbie’s memory with a balloon release at the play area he loved to visit.
The event took place in South Shields around 3pm on Sunday, May 30, which saw Robbie’s loved ones come together to pay tribute to the brave little boy.
Godfather Stephen Williams, 37, said the play area where the balloon release was held "was Robbie’s favourite place to be.”
In an effort to support the family and cover funeral costs, Stephen and Robbie’s godmother, Vikki Williams, had set up a fundraiser, which has now raised £5,285 towards a new target of £7,000.
Paying tribute to Robbie on the page, Stephen wrote: ‘fly high our beautiful boy.’
After the fundraiser reached the £5,000 milestone, Stephen said: “We are absolutely blown away by the support – from the Go Fund Me to the bonus balls that people have done.
"I'm glad we can take away the stresses of life and let Kayleigh grieve in peace.”
Paying tribute to her courageous son, mum Kayleigh, said: “He was the most perfect little boy who had a heart of gold inside and out.
"He would light up a room. He loved music and would have everybody up dancing and laughing.
"He was such a lovely little boy.”
Robbie was close to little brother, Alfie Elliott, two, and big sister, Ava Elliott, six, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at Mortimer Infants school.
He also leaves behind his dad, Dean Elliott, and his three grandmothers, Sue, Geraldine and Lisa, as well as his granddad, Paul.
To donate visit: https://gofund.me/a45a2a31