Liam Fairhurst

About Liam Fairhurst 

Young Liam's time left him the question of how he would be remembered. The effect on those who benefitted from his efforts, the public and charities stands the test. His name pops up everywhere. [Google Search]His selfless efforts continue today through his brother Callum

Liam's smile - don't forget it!



26 February 1995 - 30 June 2009

A sad loss to all who knew him. 

Liam was diagnosed with a synovial sarcoma in early 2005 aged 10 years. This affected his leg and lungs. He underwent treatment at Addenbrookes, surgery at the Royal Orthopedic hospital, Birmingham, followed by further chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He had several major operations. 

While in hospital at Birmingham  decided to give something back. He could not walk or run, but decided he was going to swim a sponsored mile! Completing it 'Liam's Mile' quickly became 'Liam's Smile'. 

His efforts did not stop. He raised well over £328,000.  Liam coordinated his fund raising for CLIC Sargent. He counted Russel Brand, British PM Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, Harry Gregg, Ron Dennis of McClaren and Heiki Kovalainen among his acquaintances. 

Liam received coverage from BBC LookEast , Anglia TV and BBC Radio Cambridge, is a 'Diana' award Holder, won 'Pride of Britain' and 'Kindest Kid' awards.

A week after his 12th birthday in 2007 he was re diagnosed. He lost his battle with cancer in June 2009.

Whenever I asked, he only ever replied 'I am a little bit tired...' one of very few concessions he ever gave to his illness.

Twycle Britain

posted 4 Sep 2010, 02:02 by Aron Briggs   [ updated 10 May 2012, 05:47 ]

The TwycleBritain campaign was launched by people linked on ‘Twitter’ one evening in March 2010.

13yr old Callum Fairhurst and Monty English (antiques expert on Dickinson’s Real Deal) were chatting about how Callum might do something to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, continuing where his brother Liam had sadly finished fundraising when he succumbed to cancer aged 14, in 2009.

The culmination is a cycle ride John O'Groates to Lands End.

See where their story began:

14,000 feet and climbing

posted 3 Jul 2010, 05:25 by Aron Briggs   [ updated 10 May 2012, 05:47 ]

May 2010.  An ascent of  Jebel Toubkal North Africa's highest peak to raise monies for CLIC in Liam's name.

A team of 9, 'twenty something' to 'forty something', and a few 'patient helpers' ascended the mountain in 2 days.  Perseverance during a fast ascent plagued by altitude sickness, realised a 100% summit success!

* It did however take a few days for the 'forty somethings' to get over it!

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10,000 feet and falling

posted 3 Jul 2010, 05:25 by Aron Briggs   [ updated 10 May 2012, 03:54 ]

Summer 2010.  Wet and cloudy, low cloud base and a man with a toolbox replacing a bit of the drop plane..!

A short window of still weather followed by a 10,000' free fall onto shute at only a few thousand feet.

Raising money for CLIC in Liam's name... and never missed a heart beat!

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