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.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 2:21 pm

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.

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.

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The loved ones of little Robbie Elliott have released ballloons in his memory.

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.”

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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.

Robbie Elliott, three, tragically lost his battle with cancer after a brave fight.

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.

The sky above Temple Memorial Park South Shields was filled with balloons in memory of Robbie Elliott on Sunday, May 30.

"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.

Friends and family of Robbie Elliott came together to pay tribute to him with a balloon release in South Shields.

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