The family of a popular teen who died suddenly have thanked those who have sent messages of love and support, saying it is keeping them going through this tragic time.
Fifteen-year-old Taylor Bowe died on Monday at his home in Dunscar, Houghton, despite the efforts of the Great North Air Ambulance crew.
It is not yet known how he died, with the results of a post-mortem examination having not yet been released.
Mum Bronia, 49, dad Thomas, 51, and sister Alex, 27, have been left devastated by the loss of Taylor, who had ambitions of becoming a chef in the future.
The family say that they have been 'overwhelmed' by the messages they have received from Taylor's friends and those who knew him, with many sharing memories and stories of the way in which Taylor has touched their lives.
Mum Bronia said: "We have been overwhelmed by the messages we have had.
"The only thing keeping us going is how many people are saying all the beautiful things that Taylor has done and how he has helped them.
"It is lovely to hear.
"I want to say thank you to all those children and friends who's lives he has touched, who have sent these messages to say how important he was to them."
On Saturday hundreds of Taylor's friends came together to pay tribute to him, leaving messages on balloons and flowers by the river.
Taylor, who attended the Link School, in Pallion, was a hugely popular youngster and had many friends from schools he had attended over the years, including South Moor, Monkwearmouth Academy, St Aiden's and St Robert's.
His family have confirmed that Taylor’s funeral will be held on Monday, April 16.
The full details have not yet been confirmed, but his family would like as many of his close friends as possible to attend.
Bronia added: "Taylor always wanted to have a big party so I want all of his friends to be able to come.
"He is never going to have an 18th or 21st birthday party, all those things he is never going to do.
"So the funeral will be a celebration of his life."
Close family friend Jen Deighton, 46, who runs Jen Deighton Hairdressers on Sea Road, Sunderland, where Bronia works, will also be honouring Taylor's life when she runs the Boston Marathon on the day of his funeral.
Jen hopes to raise as much as possible from the effort, with funds going towards paying the cost of the funeral service.
Bronia thanked Jen for her tribute to Taylor. She said: "Jen is a very good family friend and she has offered to run the Boston Marathon for us.
"She was devastated because she is not going to be able to go to the funeral because of the marathon, so she has set up the Just Giving Page to raise money for the funeral which will be a massive help.
"She will run in honour of him and is closing the salon so that all the staff can come."
So far the page has raised over £2,000.
The family are also planning on making wristbands paying tribute to Taylor which they will give to people at the funeral and hand out to the schools where he has friends.
Taylor, who liked cooking, MCing and art, regularly posted anti-bullying videos online when he was younger.
His family say the teenager had been due to propose to girlfriend Leila Boyle, 16, and was excited about the prospect of becoming a godfather to his niece Everleigh, who will turn one in April.
A coroner’s investigation into Taylor’s death has been opened and is awaiting the outcome of post-mortem results.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At about 4.40pm on Monday afternoon police received reports of concern for the welfare of a 15-year-old boy at an address in Houghton.
“Emergency services attended and found that the teenager had fallen unwell.
“Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
"There is not believed to have been any third party involvement.
"Inquiries into the incident are ongoing, but a report has been prepared for the coroner.”
To donate to Jen's Boston Marathon tribute appeal, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jen-deighton-1