Nottingham Forest pay tribute to 'brave' Liam Andrew, 6, after learning of his death
Nottingham Forest and their manager Aitor Karanka have paid their respects to Liam Andrew, who passed away yesterday.
The six year old, of Beacon Heights, Newark, was a huge Forest fan and the club have posted a tribute message on social media.
Forest tweeted: 'Everyone at #NFFC is saddened to hear of the passing of Liam Andrew, a brave young boy who lost his battle with a rare brain tumour. Our deepest condolences to Liam's family and friends at this sad time'.
Liam had previously met Forest defender Danny Fox, midfielder Chris Cohen and manager Aitor when the trio visited his family home in May.
The Forest manager replied to the club's tribute message and said: 'Really terrible. Liam's fighting spirit was an inspiration to all of us who were lucky enough to meet him. My thoughts are with his loved ones.'
Liam had a rare cancerous tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) which is highly aggressive and difficult to treat.
He spent his last few days surrounded by his loving family and friends at Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.
Over £140,000 was raised by his family, friends and supporters for potential treatment after Newarkers took Liam to their hearts.
In a Facebook message posted after his death, his family said they always knew it was going to be a tough fight but they had been able to face it, and do what they could to help find a treatments with the strength and support of the local community.
"He battled bravely to the end and continued to do what he always did, spread and share his love," the message said.
"This is by no means the end of Liam's story.
"His short and incredible life will help others suffering from DIPG.
"We hope to have an involvement with raising awareness in the future of this cruel and aggressive illness."