A TOUCHING tribute has been paid to a special little boy by friends who miss him badly.
The children at Southwick Community Primary School released balloons into the air as their way of saying goodbye to pal Lewis Morris.
Lewis (pictured left with mum Vicky) tragically lost his three-year battle with leukaemia last month.
Headteacher at the Shakespeare Street school Trish Stoker said: “Lewis was only with us a short time and was very ill for most of it, but he was such a little character that he made some very special friends here.”
The four-year-old was also well known to everyone in the community because his older brothers, Josh, 10, and eight-year-old Callum are both pupils at the school.
Mrs Stoker said Lewis adored balloons, so everyone thought it would be a lovely idea to release some in memory of him.
His mum, Vicky Morrison, 35, of Southwick, said he was a true inspiration and fought hard until the very end. She said he never cried or complained and always had a smile on his face.
Lewis was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 17 months old and his mum started to notice bruising on his legs and a rash.
He had months of gruelling chemotherapy, which saw him react badly to the treatment and become temporarily paralysed for 12 weeks, but the treatment appeared to work and he was in remission.
However, in May last year Lewis suffered a relapse and needed more aggressive chemotherapy as well as radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, spending last Christmas in Newcastle’s RVI.
He was allowed home earlier this year. Despite his determination his kidneys started to fail and medics were unable to save him.
Mrs Stoker said that at the beginning of next term the school intends to start work on a memorial garden in memory of Lewis and other pupils of the school who have died over the years.
She said: “It will be a lovely, restful place where people can go and have some quiet time to sit and reflect.”