Prime Minister Gordon Brown Leads Our Tributes To Liam Fairhurst
PUBLISHED: 12:57 06 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 04 May 2010
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Tributes Liam Fairhurst - February, 26, 1995 - June, 30, 2009. Liam was a courageous young man who showed immense bravery in the face of his illness. It was a privilege to meet him - his dedication as a fund-raiser was an encouragement to us all and I a
Liam Fairhurst - February, 26, 1995 - June, 30, 2009.
"Liam was a courageous young man who showed immense bravery in the face of his illness. It was a privilege to meet him - his dedication as a fund-raiser was an encouragement to us all and I am very proud of what Liam achieved. His courage will be a continuing inspiration to all those that knew him. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time." Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
"I met Liam at the Pride of Britain Awards and was immediately impressed by what he had achieved at such a young age, if you think what he had been though with his illness then its makes it absolutely incredible. It so sad that he has passed away as he was a truly inspiring person, the world is a poorer place without him." Gold Medal winning Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
"Liam was absolutely gorgeous. He was a boy who made such an impact in his short life. He has left his beautiful mark on many. It's a sadder place without him." Carol Vorderman, host of the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards.
"I had the privilege of meeting Liam last year - and was overwhelmed by his bravery, and above all, his absolute selflessness. Our sympathies go to his family and friends." Natasha Kaplinsky Channel Five newsreader.
"Liam was an incredible young man who achieved so much in his short 14 years on this earth. I'll never forget meeting him - nor will the many people he helped through his amazing fund-raising for CLIC Sargent. I am so deeply sadden for Liam's family but I know that through their grief they must also be unbelievably proud of him. Liam truly was a Child of Courage and has left the most incredible legacy through all the good works he did for young people just like him." Richard Branson.
Debbie Davies - Editor, Ely Standard
"My abiding memory of Liam comes from our Sports Awards last year when he and I went up on stage to hand over the Liam Fairhurst Award; as we reached the stage, he stepped to one side and gestured for me to take the steps first and said "after you". A 13-year-old boy with impeccable manners is a rare thing in this day and age, but then he was a truly remarkable human being."
Sarah Talbot-Williams, (acting) chief executive of children's cancer charity, CLIC Sargent:
"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."
Mark Peters - Presenter, Star Radio
"The most inspirational young person I have met in more than 13 years of working in the radio industry. Liam will be missed by everyone at Star Radio."
Peter Cresswell - chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council.
"Liam was a very courageous young man, always cheerful and an inspiration to us all. I am sure all residents of the district will join me in sending sincere sympathy to his family at this time. "
Dr Carin Taylor - Principal of Soham Village College
"We were very sad to hear the news that Liam Fairhurst passed away on Tuesday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liam's family. We stand by them in their grief and share some of their enormous pride in Liam. It was a privilege to have known Liam and to have been a beneficiary of the inspiration and generosity that he brought to those around him. We expect to hold a memorial service later in the year and that we will seek, with Liam's parents and brother, a permanent focus in school as a celebration of Liam's rich life."
Martin Curtis, Cabinet Member for Children at Cambridgeshire County Council - "Our thoughts and prayers are with Liam's family at this very sad time. Liam was an inspiration to us all and in honouring the memory of his friend he created a legacy through his amazing work for Clic Sargent that will help many other children. He personified courage and determination and will be sadly missed but not forgotten."
Peter Willis, Founder of the Pride of Britain Awards - "Liam was a remarkable, courageous and inspiring young man who lit up the room with his energy, maturity and wonderful sense of humour. He was a real star on last year's Pride of Britain Awards and one of the most extraordinary winners we have ever had in 10 years. His achievements were truly humbling for millions of viewers.
"He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."
The Diana Awards - The Diana Awards is deeply saddened by the passing away of Liam Fairhurst.
"Liam was a true inspiration to all who met him. His commitment and passion to make a difference to others was selfless and outstanding. He always went that extra thousand miles and succeeded. Liam gave so much to the Award and to other Award-holders, who had the honour of meeting him. We were all enriched by knowing Liam.
Liam was one of a kind, a rare legend and his legacy will become part of the Award."
"RIP Liam, I never knew you personally, but my little boy went to school with you, and I have seen you out and about around where we live, and even though you don't know me you always had time to say hello, there are many other children who would do well to follow your example. You truly are Soham's hero.
"I live in Australia and only just heard about you from Russell Brand's Twitter. I looked you up on the internet, and learned what an inspirational and brave young man you have been. I am so sorry you have lost your battle, but you definitely fought the good fight - not just for yourself, but for so many others. I dearly hope you and your mate Jack are having an absolute ball right now. You deserve peace after devoting so much of your short life to your fight. RIP, Liam - you're an amazing and wonderful person. I send sympathy and my best wishes to your friends and family, also."
"You were an amazing role model for everyone, such a brave, unselfish person.
ACTIVE will not be the same without you!
Rest in peace."
"I just heard about this sad news on the news this morning and as soon as I heard, I cried. I remember Liam on that programme on TV with the millionaires, trying to raise money for a caravan for young cancer sufferers and was totally moved by his story. What a sad time for his family, I cannot begin to imagine what they must be going through.
R.I.P. Liam god bless."
"Dear Sarah, Mark & Callum, our thoughts are with you at this sad time. He will be forever in our thoughts we will remember him for his big smile and kindness and caring nature that he showed to all around him throughout. Liam was a brave young man may he rest in peace. Dawn, Paul, Jamie and Lucie. (Friends from Addenbrooke's)
"May you rest in peace Liam. You are an inspiration to all. My thoughts and love go out to your family."
"If only everyone dedicated their lives to such a noble cause like Liam, the world would be a better place."
"Heaven has a new angle. God Bless you Liam. RIP."
"I've know Liam since I was two years old and I'm in his form. RIP Liam. You will not be forgotten. I'm gonna miss you and that smile on your face lots and lots."
"It was a pleasure to meet you Liam. You have inspired us all, especially us survivors."
"So sorry to hear such sad news little man. Loving thoughts sent to all the Fairhurst. Sleep tight angel."
"You are one of the bravest people I know and will be truly missed. I feel so privileged to have know you. RIP."
"Liam, I never had the privilege of meeting you, but through your mum, the website and numerous television appearances I feel that I know you very well. You are truly an inspiration."
"You have helped make so many people's lives much better and everyone is so proud of you. We were so lucky to have such an amazing student at SVC. I hope your smile continues to glow upon us."
"Liam you are a true hero and will be missed by many. Your courage has brought inspiration to mine and many other lives. My thoughts go out to Callum and the family. You should be so proud. Rest in peace fella."
"RIP Liam, you were a lovely person, such a good person. Everyone will miss you and you achieved such amazing things. You meant so much to everyone at SVC and our school is so proud to of had you as a pupil. We will miss you."