HE BROUGHT a community together and now his mum has paid tribute to Jack Robinson on the first-year anniversary of losing his battle to cancer.
Today marks one year since the four-year-old died from an inoperable brain tumour.
His story captured the hearts of people, not only in Denmead where he grew up, but all around the world.
His mother Marie, 42, of Bere Road, said: ‘I can’t believe it’s been a year.
‘I’m now back at work and have been for the past few months, but I’m always encouraged by the words of support I still get for Jack and the family.
‘Even when I go into Portsmouth people recognise Jack’s twin brother Liam.
‘He has had to adjust a lot – he’s okay one-on-one but in groups you can see he’s really lost without his brother.
‘But he has been incredibly strong and I am so proud of him.’
Jack was only given a five per cent chance of survival when he was diagnosed with the tumour in January last year.
But determined to ensure he experienced as much as he could, his family embarked upon a mission to fulfil his wishes.
This included meeting his pop-star hero Gary Barlow, a video message from Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, and an early Christmas party.
After Jack died on April 1, he was brought to All Saints’ Church, in Denmead, in a horse-drawn carriage with a Star Wars coffin as he was a huge fan of the films.
It was flanked by Stormtroopers as a procession of around 50 people followed.
There were floral tributes in the shape of a lightsaber, Yoda and R2-D2.
Marie added: ‘Jack was only four but he did so much to raise awareness of cancer and brought so many people together.
‘We had support from our friends, family, village, but also across the world.
‘We still find it overwhelming about how much support we were all given, and are still getting, and it was great to see Jack’s wishes come true.’
Jack is survived by his sisters Danielle, 22, Christina, 19, Natalie, 16, and twin brother Liam, five.
Parents Marie and Terry, 48, will be setting off fireworks in a private commemoration for Jack this evening.