‘Lovely lad’ loses cancer battle

The family of a teenager who lost his battle against cancer are hoping his death will help a children’s hospice.

Jamie Turner died in Derian House, near Chorley, last Sunday after fighting ill health all his young life.

His devastated parents paid tribute to the work of hospice staff and are hoping people will donate in their son’s memory so other families can benefit.

Jamie, 15, from Leyland, was diagnosed with medullablastoma, a brain cancer, when he was only five.

He underwent surgery followed by months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

A side effect of the disease left him with problems with his bones and he had to have numerous operations to lengthen his legs.

After years in remission he was given the all clear, but, dad John said the cancer returned in 2011 and despite surgery and treatment it spread to other parts of his body.

John said: “ He suffered all his life really. He is in a better place now.

“They tried to treat it but he had no quality of life really.

“He had skin cancer as well. Despite that he was a lovely lad – the most polite boy you could ever meet and he never complained, taking everything in his stride.”

John, a plasterer, had to give up work to help wife Jackie with the endless trips to hospital in Manchester.

The couple have a daughter Martika, eight, who doted on her brother and was described by John as a bundle of joy.

He added that although the family never told Jamie his condition was terminal, they believe he knew.

The family went on holiday to Spain in June as a treat for Jamie but condition deteriorated on his return and went into Derian House.

John said: “We want to celebrate his life not death.

“He spent his last few weeks at Derian House and they were absolutely fabulous, looking after the kids so well.

“They made out lives so comfortable and took good care of him.”

Jamie’s funeral is being held at St Laurence’s Church in Chorley at 2pm today, Tuesday.

The family is requesting denotations to Derian House instead of flowers.