‘Little fighter’ Finnbar, from Hethersett, loses battle against illness

Finnbar Cork, aged five, of Hethresett. Pictured in September 2015 at the start of the school year a

Finnbar Cork, aged five, of Hethresett. Pictured in September 2015 at the start of the school year at Hethersett Primary. - Credit: Archant

Tributes are being paid to a brave five-year-old boy whose struggle against a brain tumour prompted an outpouring of support from communities around Norwich.

Finnbar Cork, from Hethersett, was diagnosed with a rare grade 2 diffuse astrocytoma in February after he began having dizzy spells and periods of unsteadiness on his legs.

The Woodside Infant School pupil received treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Despite intensive chemotherapy, Finnbar died on Friday night.

His grandmother Sharon Penska announced the news on the Fundraising for Finnbar Facebook page, saying: 'Our little fighter Finnbar fell asleep last night and didn't wake up. He will be treasured in our hearts for ever.'

On Sunday the post had more than 220 comments and had been shared 23 times.

His parents Tristan, 34, and Claire, 32, and Mrs Penska began fundraising after his diagnosis, aiming to raise £5,000 for his future treatment and needs.

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Support for the schoolboy sky-rocketed, with fundraisers held in his name including a charity football match in Dereham and the auctioning of a signed Norwich City shirt.

A group of Norfolk police officers also took on the Three Peaks Challenge and 10 Hethersett Explorer Scouts completed a 440-mile trek to raise money.

There was also a crowdfunding page set up in his name, which raised £12,600 in two months.

Fundraising events including a Fete for Finnbar in Hethersett on August 20 and the Finnbar 500 cycle race are to go ahead as planned. Any funds raised will now be donated to charity.

Do you want to leave a tribute to Finnbar? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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