THE family of a courageous schoolboy who lost a battle with bone cancer are to host a special Prom party in his memory.

Brave Harrison Ledsham, from Haydock, passed away aged 12 in May 2015 after a year-long battle with the illness.

Harrison was a Haydock High and former Legh Vale pupil and to mark what would have been the time of his school prom, his parents Karen and Paul have arranged an event in his memory.

Harrison's Prom Party takes place at Saints' stadium on Saturday (July 6) evening.

"We have got a full table of 12 for his class friends which is a mixture of boys and girls," said Karen, 46.

"It means everything to us, it means he is not forgotten and we have something to focus on at this time of year like other parents.

"We weren't looking forward to it at all, it's very difficult when they're going back to school and this is another milestone he hasn't reached.

"But it's nice to see that he is not forgotten and people can spend the night with us. Most people, if not all, knew him and that is nice too."

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A poster for the event

The evening has a red carpet drinks reception and will see the guests eat Harrison's favourite meal: sausage, mash and Yorkshire Pudding followed by chocolate fudge cake to help make sure he is remembered.

The event will also raise proceeds for the Amputation Inspiration Motivation (AIM) charity, which helps amputees.

During his cancer fight Harrison, a Blackbrook Royals rugby player, had his left leg amputated as part of his treatment.

"One of the other reasons is to raise money for AIM," added Karen.

"Harrison helped people, that's what he wanted to do as a job and we thought it's more fitting to raise money to help them.

"Even if Harrison had beaten cancer he'd always have been an amputee."

Karen and Paul were also invited to Haydock High School's prom at the Haydock Mercure on Thursday evening, where a balloon release in memory of Harrison also took place.