Tragic cancer death of Colne boy (13)

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A THIRTEEN-year-old cancer sufferer, who donated £1,300 to his hospital ward, has lost his battle.

Jerry Gray, of Sutherland Street, Colne, died at the Manchester Children’s Hospital last Monday.

Only last week, the Colne Primet High School pupil handed over a cheque to staff on his ward so he could “help a lot of children”.

He leaves his mother Lyn, brother Jordan, Annie and grandma Jean, plus his many friends. Jerry was being treated for three tumours near his kidney, stomach and leg at the hospital and had undergone radiotherapy.

The selfless youngster had been granted three wishes from his grandmother, Jean (70), who said she was touched when he said he wanted to give £500 to his ward.

Going above and beyond his wish, Jean, of Devon, rallied around to organise a series of fund-raising events that almost tripled the amount.

She described Jerry as “thoughtful and unselfish” and said he had remained positive throughout his battle.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at Stott House Chapel of Rest at 2-15 p.m.

Family flowers only but donations, if desired, are being received for the Cancer and Leukaemia Fund, Ward 84 Manchester Children’s Hospital c/o Helliwells Funeral Service, Colne, telephone 870898.