Jack Robinson may be gone, but his fighting spirit still inspires

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He was four years old, and in the past few months showed more bravery, more spirit, than people far older than him have ever had to.

His name was Jack Robinson, and he died last week from a brain tumour.

I have never seen so many people be touched by one little boy.

Groups rallied to try and make all his dreams come true before he died and, happily for his family, that was able to happen.

He met Pompey players, he had a visit from Gary Barlow, and he even had an eccentric video message from Matt Smith, the last Doctor Who.

He even inspired a bunch of men to dust off their bikes, invest in some lycra, and pledge to ride 300 miles from Fratton Park to Bury, Greater Manchester, in time for Pompey to play there on April 26.

They aren’t the only ones putting themselves out to raise money to complete this child’s dreams – other groups completed fundraisers too.

And there was even a minute’s applause at the start of Saturday’s home game against Hartlepool in his memory.

This, clearly, was not just another child taken too soon by a disease we still know little about.

Unfortunately the Ride2Bury will be too late for Jack, but the 20 cyclists taking part in the three-day ordeal will instead split half the money they raise between Naomi House Children’s Hospice, Brain Tumour Research, and the ward within Southampton General Hospital which gave Jack the care he so desperately needed.

The other half will go toward the Pompeys12thMan initiative, which looks to give tickets to matches to those who may not be able to afford to go.

So far, those 20 lads have raised more than £13,000 for the causes, and as they train up and down Portsdown Hill, probably swearing the whole way round, they should take a minute to give themselves a pat on the back.

What they are doing is more than worthy of Jack, that precious little boy from Denmead.

See ride2bury.co.uk to donate.