Balloons are released in loving memory of Jack Robinson

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SOARING high into the sky, blue balloons were released in memory of Jack Robinson.

About 40 people – adults and children – gathered on Castle Field, in Southsea, yesterday evening, for the tribute.

Blue balloons released on Southsea Common near to the D-Day museum in memory of Jack Robinson, four, who died from an inoperable brain tumour this week.''Picture: Allan Hutchings

Blue balloons released on Southsea Common near to the D-Day museum in memory of Jack Robinson, four, who died from an inoperable brain tumour this week.''Picture: Allan Hutchings

It was organised by well-wisher Donna Donkin, 31, of St Chad’s Avenue, North End, after she heard Jack, four, lost his battle to an inoperable brain tumour.

As reported, he died peacefully in his home in Bere Road, Denmead, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Donna said: ‘I had never met the family before, but had been following their story.

‘Jack was such a brave boy, and when I heard about him passing away, I wanted to do something. I put a message on Facebook to see if people wanted to join, and there was a small gathering.’

The balloons were released to singer Gary Barlow’s Let Me Go, which was one of Jack’s favourite songs.

As reported, the Take That lead singer visited Jack in hospital.

Jack’s parents Terence, 47, and Marie, 41, were at the field, along with Jack’s twin brother Liam, four, and other family members.

Mr Robinson said: ‘It’s lovely to see so many people honouring and remembering Jack. It means a lot to us.’

Gemma Tupper, 31, travelled down from Fareham to release a balloon.

Gemma, of Norset Road, said: ‘I wanted to come and show my support for the family. I think the public support is really helping them.

‘I have a little boy, Cameron, six, and if I lost him, I would feel so alone.

‘But Jack’s family must be so proud of him because he has changed people’s lives.

‘I know so many people that have come together to raise money, do charity work, and change their outlook on life.

‘I hope the family see part of Jack will always live in Liam.’

Balloon releases are due to take place over the next few days, including near Allaway Avenue, in Paulsgrove, on Saturday at 6.30pm.

A minute’s silence will be held at Fratton Park before Pompey’s match against Hartlepool, where Liam will release a balloon.

Then on Sunday at 1pm another balloon release will be held at Fratton Park.

Sales of one of Jack Robinson’s favourite songs have been soaring in a bid to get it to the number-one spot.

Four-year-old Jack, who died after losing his battle against an inoperable brain tumour, was a big fan of Gary Barlow, who he met recently.

In particular he liked the Take That front man’s song Let Me Go.

After being touched by Jack’s story, Hayley Chandler, of Crookham Close, Havant, has launched a crusade to get the song to number one in the UK charts this week.

The 23-year-old said: ‘I knew Jack loved the song, and after he died I thought what a brilliant idea it would be to try to get the song to number one.

‘I know it will be very tough to do, but I really want people to get behind this and buy the single.

‘The response I’ve had so far has left me speechless.

‘It was in the charts at number 102, but in 24 hours that went up by 77 places.

‘If you haven’t bought the single so far, do it for Jack.

Yesterday, the song was number 53 in the charts, but that does change on a daily basis.

The track can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.