On Kieran Maxwell’s Facebook page, his mum Nicola announced on Friday 23rd June her son had “gained his wings” after he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Kieran, 18, from Heighington, suffered with Ewing’s Sarcoma for six years and lost part of his left leg. In October 2016, the inspirational young man was told his cancer was terminal. He set up the Kieran Maxwell Legacy charity in the hope of funding research into his rare form of bone cancer. Famously he carried the Olympic Torch through Bishop Auckland and he touched the heart of everyone when he stumbled. His courage knew no bounds as he tackled gymnastics and athletics winning a gold medal in the 100 metres sprint at the Brazilian School Paralympics.

Heighington Village were so proud of Kieran and, fearful he would not see Christmas 2016, brought it forward, lighting up the green and their homes in his honour. Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club awarded Kieran their highest award, a Paul Harris Fellowship, recognising his bravery and service to the community. Throughout his illness, Kieran has been active, campaigning to raise money for research into Ewing’s Sarcoma. The fund now stands in excess of £20,000.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Kieran Maxwell Legacy can do so via http://bit.ly/KMLegacy “We are going to be continuing Kieran’s wish of providing research into Ewing’s Sarcoma through his charity. I want to thank you all for the support you gave my boy while he was alive” said his Mother.

Kieran took up gymnastics to help with his rehabilitation when learning to walk again and in the space of one year he qualified for the NDP National Championships. A keen athlete, he also went on to take part in the mini Great North Run during his chemotherapy treatment. He said his “final wish in life” was to raise enough money so what had happened to him “didn’t happen to any other child”. Heartfelt sympathy to Kieran’s family is sent on behalf of Newton News readers. The funeral will take place on Monday 3rd July at St. John’s Church, Shildon at 11.00am