Shropshire boy Jack, 7, dies after battle with leukaemia
A little Shropshire boy who battled leukaemia for more than three years has died aged seven.
Jack Edwards, from Cleobury Mortimer, who was first diagnosed with the disease when he was just three years old, has passed away after his cancer returned once again following intensive chemotherapy.
The youngster, who attended Cleobury Mortimer Primary School, saw a groundswell of support from people across the region, dubbed "Jack's Army" who arranged a succession of fundraising events over the past couple of years.
Jack's family issued a statement via Cleobury Funeral Directors, which said: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we place this very sad announcement regarding such a brave boy.
"After a long battle that he fought with great dignity and courage, Jack passed peacefully away at home on August 24, aged just seven years.
"Jack was an inspiration to all who knew him and he will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and the whole community.
"A service of thanksgiving to celebrate Jack's short life will take place at The Parish Church of St Mary, Cleobury Mortimer on Wednesday, August 31 at 11.30am, following which he will be laid to rest in Cleobury Cemetery. Everyone welcome.
"No formal dress by request, instead, please wear either Aston Villa tops or something bright."
The funeral directors said the flowers would be from the family only at the funeral but donations in memory of Jack could be given at the church, or sent to the directors, and would go to The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation.
"Jacks passing has devastated the whole community and our thoughts and prayers are with all his family. No more suffering - rest peacefully Jack," they said.