Liam Fairhurst Has Died At The Family Home In Soham With His Family At His Bedside
PUBLISHED: 10:05 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 04 May 2010
Liam Fairhurst has died. The teenager finally lost his four-year battle against cancer yesterday afternoon at his Soham home with his family at his bedside. Liam, a pupil at Soham Village College, has been instrumental in raising more than £320,000 for th
Liam Fairhurst has died. The teenager finally lost his four-year battle against cancer yesterday afternoon at his Soham home with his family at his bedside. Liam, a pupil at Soham Village College, has been instrumental in raising more than £320,000 for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. A tribute site has been set up and messages can be left by following the link at the end of this page.
Liam's Parents, Mark and Sarah have issued the following statement: "Liam was a light that shone in our lives and stood as a beacon of hope, courage and inspiration to so many people. The legacy he leaves behind will far outweigh the grief and emptiness we feel at this time. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support they have shown our family over the last four years."
Sarah Talbot-Williams, (acting) chief executive of children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent said: "t is with deep sadness that we received the news that Liam has passed away yesterday Liam was a remarkable young man and despite his own battle with cancer he was always so focused on how he could help and support others in a similar situation. He chose to do that by raising money for CLIC Sargent services, which help so many children and young people with cancer, like Liam.
To raise more than £320,000 for CLIC Sargent is an outstanding achievement. Liam's determination and courage is a continuing inspiration and motivation to us, his local community, celebrities and the media alike.
Our thoughts are with his parents and brother, his wider family and friends at this very difficult time."
* July 2005 - Liam is diagnosed with cancer (synovial sarcoma) in his leg and undergoes gruelling chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
* August 2006 - After losing his best friend, Jack, to bladder cancer Liam sets out on a fundraising drive in his memory to help other children with cancer.
* December 2006 - Liam starts his fundraising with a one-mile sponsored swim which raised over £12,000.
* January 2007 - Liam appears on ITV's Fortune Million Pound Giveaway and persuades a panel of millionaires including Duncan Bannatyne to donate over £50,000 to fund a CLIC Sargent holiday home - 'Liam and Jack's Haven - which opens later that year.
* March 2007 - Liam is re-diagnosed with cancer in his lung but this doesn't deter him from setting a new target to raise £100,000
* June 2007 - His fundraising achievements are recognised with a Diana Award, presented by Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP.
* July 2007 - With the help of his local community and media Liam smashes his £100,000 target and a year later he tops £200,000 by fronting an appeal to CLIC Sargent supporters.
* August 2008 - With his fundraising total standing at around £250,000, Liam is voted Britain's Kindest Kid in a Five News/Charities Aid Foundation competition.
* October 2008 - Liam's selfless determination to continue fundraising leads to a Child of Courage Award, presented by Sir Richard Branson and Rebecca Adlington, at the Pride of Britain Awards in London.
* June 2009 - At present Liam's phenomenal fundraising total for CLIC Sargent stands at more than £320,000 to help other children and young people with cancer.