LIAM Robinson has been through a tough few months after losing his twin brother to a brain tumour.
But his family heaped praise on him after he kept going and kept smiling – and now the five-year-old has won the Star of the Family honour at The News’ first Youth Awards.
Jack Robinson died at the beginning of April after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January.
People from across the community rallied around and took part in fundraising events in order to raise money to allow him to tick a few things off his bucket list.
Liam, of Bere Road in Denmead, said he was thrilled to have come away with an award.
‘I’m happy. It feels special to have the award because it was good to go up on the stage,’ he said.
His mum Marie, 41, added: ‘This is like a turning point. He was a little trooper. He’s been amazing.
‘He was Jack’s rock. He helped Jack. He was always happy with him.
‘He made him laugh. Anything Jack wanted, Liam was always there to get it for him.
‘Jack was a major part of things and Liam was always in the shadow but he never grumbled that we had to give Jack all the attention.
‘For him to be recognised as Star of the Family is amazing.’
Liam got a standing ovation from many people in the audience when he went up to collect his award.
Marie added she was thrilled with the reaction.
‘There were people with special T-shirts on,’ she said.
‘We knew we had a few people coming down but we didn’t think it would be that many.
‘It’s amazing how many people have followed us and are still following us now.
‘Liam feels proud.
‘We will put the award up in his bedroom.’
As previously reported in The News, Jack was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where a CT scan found a brain tumour.
He was then moved to Southampton General Hospital where he had a life-saving operation and had fluid drained from his brain.
Then he had a five-hour operation, where surgeons were able to remove 40 per cent of the tumour.
But his family were given the devastating news that the rest of the tumour was inoperable and he died on April 1.
Hundreds of people turned out on the streets of Denmead for his funeral to pay tribute to him.
n Local firms donated prizes to the winners of each category in the Youth Awards. Thank you to Butlins resort, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Giraffe restaurant, Paultons Park, Sealife Centre, Waterstones and Tesco for their generous donations.