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Eleven-year-old fundraiser Harry Moseley dies after cancer battle

Harry, nicknamed ‘Britain’s kindest kid’, raised thousands for cancer research while suffering from an inoperable tumour.

HARRY MOSELEY, THE eleven-year-old British boy who raised almost €100,000 for cancer research, has died after a long battle with a brain tumour.

Harry became a sensation in the UK after he started making and selling friendship bracelets while undergoing radiotherapy for the inoperable tumour. His Twitter account gained more than 75,000 followers including a number of celebrities, sporting stars and politicians.UK prime minister David Cameron is among those who have been seen wearing the bracelets.

Last night a tweet appeared on the account reading: “My brave inspirational boy fell asleep in my arms at 11.10pm. Suddenly our world is a very dark and cruel place”. Harry’s fundraising website later confirmed the news.

This morning #RIPHarry was trending worldwide on Twitter as people reacted to the news, including a number of television stars and members of the England football team:

Eleven-year-old fundraiser Harry Moseley dies after cancer battle
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  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

  • Twitter tributes to Harry Moseley

Harry was diagnosed with the tumour in 2007 after suffering persistent eye problems. He started making the bracelets in 2009 to help another cancer patient, 55-year-old Robert Harley, who he had met while undergoing radiotherapy. Robert passed away just weeks later, but the campaign continued and received widespread publicity, with Harry nicknamed ‘Britain’s kindest kid’ by newspapers.

In a statement on Harry’s website this morning, Richard Taylor of Cancer Research UK wrote:

We’re extremely saddened to hear that the extraordinarily brave young Harry Moseley has tragically lost his fight against brain cancer at the age of just 11. Harry was a very special boy – even when faced with a life-threatening illness he retained his cheeky persona and his drive to help others. He truly touched the hearts of everyone that he met and the difference he made during his short life is remarkable.

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