'Brave' Harry, 7, loses battle with cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2011

Darren Davies

A 'BRAVE' Dr Who-loving seven-year-old from Worle was buried in a Tardis-style coffin on Tuesday after losing his battle with cancer.

‘High-spirited’ youngster Harry Davies died at Charlton Farm in Wraxall, which is part of the Children’s Hospice South West.

The Mendip Green Primary School pupil was first diagnosed with a rare disease of the bones and soft tissue, known as Ewing’s sarcoma, when he was just three-and-a-half.

After recovering, he then developed acute myeloid leukaemia last year.

His last hope was a bone marrow transplant which took place last September and his dad Darren, aged 36, and mum Sharon, 40, said they thought he was on the road to recovery.

But 11 weeks ago hospital tests revealed he had relapsed and the cancer had returned.

Darren, of Vine Gardens, said: “The transplant was his last chance as after that there was no treatment.

“So after the results we knew we just had to do lots of things with him to keep him as happy as possible in his last few weeks.

“We all moved into Charlton Farm with him and in the weeks before he began to deteriorate we took him everywhere he wanted to go.

“We went for family days out, to theme parks, Diggerland, Legoland, holiday parks, Aquadrome, the Grand Pier and his favourite place was Nick’s Bar on the seafront as the people there are like family to us.”

Harry, who leaves behind his five-year-old brother Joshua, met his Doctor Who idol, Matt Smith, and the TV star later recorded a message that was played at his funeral.

After Harry died he remained at Charlton Farm which allowed his family to visit him in a chilled bedroom before his funeral - something his family said was a big comfort.

HGV driver Darren said: “After he died it helped being able to go and visit him and I often drove out at 3.30am when I wanted to speak to him.

“When Josh lost his tooth and wanted to show Harry we drove him up there and he ran in to tell him.

“The hospice is phenomenal and without the support they have given us, we and other people, would have crumbled. The staff are fantastic.

“They don’t just support Harry they support the whole family and friends too.

“People think of hospices as scary places but they aren’t. Harry would call it Harry’s holiday park.

“He was brave, high-spirited and a fighter and he will always be my special little one.”

About 200 people turned up at Weston Crematorium for Harry’s funeral and the family has asked for donations to go to Charlton Farm.

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