Farewell to 'Robbie the brave' - South Shields boy, three, remembered for courage after tragic cancer battle

A little boy who tragically lost his battle with cancer just four days after being diagnosed has been remembered for his bravery by loved ones who gathered to say goodbye at a beautiful service to celebrate his life.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 2:24 pm

Three-year-old Robbie Elliott from the Nook area of South Shields, died surrounded by his family at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on Friday, May 21 following a short battle with cancer.

Robbie’s funeral was held at St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church on Quarry Lane, South Shields on Friday, June 4.

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Those gathered wore bright colours to celebrate the life of ‘Robbie the brave,’ with many wearing white T-shirts bearing a photograph of the Mortimer Infants School pupil.

White horses, adorned with colourful feathered headdresses, led the funeral procession as Robbie was taken to the church in a glass carriage.

The service, conducted by Reverend Kate Boardman, paid tribute to Robbie by sharing moving memories of the much-loved little boy, whose coffin was decorated with Toy Story characters.

Mourners took time to reflect while they listened to ‘Don’t Give Up On Love’ by Dekade and ‘Dancing In The Sky’ by Dani and Lizzy.

The funeral of Robbie Elliott, three, was held at St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church in South Shields.

The service also featured songs ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit and ‘Heaven’ by DJ Sammy, while the beautiful order of service reflected Robbie’s love of Toy Story and Paw Patrol and included an array of family photographs.

A collection was held for The Sick Children’s Trust in memory of Robbie following the service on request of the family.

Robbie’s mum, Kayleigh Johnston, 28, and step-dad, Corey Wilson, 30, who have remembered Robbie as ‘the most perfect little boy with a heart of gold,’ have thanked the community for rallying around the family at this difficult time.

It comes after a fundraiser to support them and cover the funeral costs, which was organised by Robbie's godparents, Stephen and Vikki Williams, raised £6,035.

Robbie's loved ones wore colourful clothing and T-shirts bearing a photograph of him and the words 'Robbie the brave.'

Robbie also leaves behind his little brother, Alfie Elliott, two, and big sister, Ava Elliott, six; dad, Dean Elliott; and his three grandmothers, Sue, Geraldine and Lisa, as well as his granddad, Paul.

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A horse-drawn carriage carried Robbie to St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church in South Shields.
Robbie's loved ones gathered outside of St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church ahead of the service.
Horses adorned with colourful feather headdresses lead the funeral procession to St Mark & St Cuthbert's Church.
Loved ones carrying Robbie's Toy Story coffin into the church.
Loved ones wore T-shirts bearing a photograph of little Robbie.
The order of service for Robbie Elliott which contained beautiful family photographs.
Robbie was close to little brother, Alfie Elliott, two, and big sister, Ava Elliott, six.