‘He always had a cheeky grin’

Jack Robinson at his fourth birthday party
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HE WILL forever be remembered for having a smile on his face, a cheeky grin and being a ‘jokester’.

These are the sentiments of Jack Robinson’s father Terence.

Four-year-old Jack died peacefully at his home in Bere Road, Denmead, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He had bravely battled against an inoperable brain tumour for the past three months.

Speaking to The News, Mr Robinson, 47, said: ‘He always had a smile on his face, a cheeky grin and was just such a jokester.

‘He was a right character and always found the fun in everything.

‘He did very well fighting this and did more than most would have been able to do.’

Over the past few months Jack’s parents Marie, 41, and Terence, 47, along with sisters Danielle, 21, Christina, 18, Natalie, 15, and identical twin brother Liam, worked hard to make his wishes come true.

After staying for a week in children’s hospice Naomi House, near Winchester, Jack wanted to spend time doing his favourite things and be at home.

Mr Robinson said: ‘When Jack came out of hospital, there were so many different medicines he needed and we needed help.

‘So we stayed in Naomi House for a week which helped us a lot.

‘After that he went back a few times when he was having fits in the night.

‘But it was his wish to be at home, so we made sure we did that. He wanted to spend time with his friends and visit his grandma, so we did that.

‘He wanted to visit the seafront again, so we took him to Eastney where liked to skim stones in the water and visit the old arcade.

‘We took him to Staunton Park, made gingerbread men and just sat in the garden.

‘At one point he asked to go to B&Q because he wanted to get more flowers for the garden – we went there as well.

‘We did all the things he had done a thousand times previously.’

Jack’s story has touched the hearts of hundreds of people both in the UK and abroad.

A Facebook page called Jacks Journey has more than 2,800 followers, which has been inundated with tributes. And yesterday thousands of people from around the world tweeted with the hashtag #ripjackrobinson.

Mr Robinson added: ‘We have been so overwhelmed with the community support we have received.

‘We have been getting messages from people in Australia and New Zealand – and we find that unbelievable.

‘We can’t believe how many people have been following this story.’

As reported, Jack was only diagnosed with his brain tumour in January this year.

Jack, who went to Denmead Infant School in Hambledon Road, showed signs of feeling sleepy and tired.

His mother lifted an eyelid and saw his pupil was extremely enlarged, so called 999. Jack was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where a CT scan found a brain tumour.

He was then taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he had a life-saving operation and had fluid drained from his brain.

Then he underwent a five-hour operation, where surgeons were able to remove 40 per cent of the tumour.

After six agonising days of waiting, specialists then concluded the rest of his tumour was inoperable.

Given only a five per cent chance of survival, his heartbroken family is determined to make the most of their time with him.

A balloon release is due to take place today in Castle Field, Southsea, at 6.30pm.

People are invited to bring a blue balloon to be released in Jack’s memory.