HIS legacy is bringing a little bit of hope to scores of sick children facing uncertain futures.
The memory of Ian Norris – who was nicknamed The Love Machine because of his friendly nature – is helping to bring cheer to ill youngsters across the area, whether it be a holiday away or an Easter egg on a hospital ward.
Nearly £7,000 has been raised for the Ian Norris Cancer Fund, helping a variety of organisations, including the Piam Brown Children’s Cancer Ward in Southampton and Hannah’s Holiday Home on Hayling.
Family and friends of the Pompey-mad 18-year-old who died almost two years ago have been determined that his memory should live on.
Ian, of Linden Way, Horndean, underwent a pioneering operation for a rare bone cancer in his hip and was later given the all-clear.
But, just a week after celebrating his 18th birthday, he was told an untreatable cancer had come back in his skull.
In the space of a day the South Downs College student went blind in his right eye and he lost his brave battle in June 2010.
Since then a string of fundraising events have been organised, including a charity football match at Soberton FC in which his dad, Steve, took to the pitch in an emotional tribute to his football-loving son.
Spearheading much of the fundraising has been staff at The Chairmakers pub at Worlds End, where Ian used to be a waiter.
The pub has donated proceeds from a beer festival, raffles, balls, and a recent beer and food tasting evening to the cause.
Landlady Edwina West said it had been a pleasure to help.
She said: ‘He was a lovely cheeky chap, as I used to call him. He was so full of bounce, life and laughter.’
Ian’s dad Steve, 51, said he and his wife Jan, 48, were determined to carry on making a difference.
He said: ‘It’s just something for his legacy. We can carry his name on and it’s helping others.’
Jan, who works at Asda in Waterlooville, added: ‘It’s phenomenal.
‘It’s heartwarming that people thought a lot of Ian and want to help others.’
HOW THE MONEY WAS DONATED
In a little under two years, friends and family have raised almost £7,000.
The fund for Ian, right, has just donated £700 towards fitting out the interior of Hannah’s Holiday Home on Hayling, which provides breaks for families with sick children.
Around £2,000 was donated to help buy presents for youngsters on the Piam Brown ward.
A total of £300 was donated to the Petersfield-based hospice at home service, The Rosemary Foundation, and Macmillan nurses. Cash was donated to The Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital, in London, and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, on the Isle of Wight.