The boy who broke lots of hearts

Jack Illand in 2008 with his mother, Linda Batterton (right) and his auntie, Claire Illand before they set off to Mexico for stem cell treatment
Jack Illand in 2008 with his mother, Linda Batterton (right) and his auntie, Claire Illand before they set off to Mexico for stem cell treatment

TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a little boy “who broke a lot of hearts”.

Jack Illand, who was left severely disabled after being hit by a car six years ago, died peacefully in his sleep last week.

His family say they have been overwhelmed by the messages of sympathy that have flooded in since news of his death has spread.

“There have been a lot of people getting in touch, people have been stopping us in the street,” said his loved-ones.

“He broke a lot of hearts.”

Scores of messages remembering Jack, from Sowerby Bridge, have also been posted on the Courier’s Facebook page.

They include one reading: “I met Jack the week before he died and the thing I remember the most was his laugh, what a lovely happy boy he was. My thoughts go out to all his family. RIP Jack xxxx”

Another read: “Brave lil boy” and one read: “I work at Lee Mount and did at the time of the accident. I know I speak for all the staff and children when I say how truly awful this news is. Rest now Jack xx”

The posts also included: “RIP to Jack and my sincerest condolences to his mum and dad. A very brave little lad who touched the hearts of so many. Night night, god bless x”

Jack’s accident left him quadriplegic, brain damaged, unable to speak and with impaired vision.

His school Lee Mount Primary started a fund to collect cash so he could undergo stem cell treatment and people queued up with money-raising ideas to collect £17,000.

The little boy travelled to Mexico for the pioneering brain procedure in 2008, and his family said they saw some improvement in his movement abilities.

They are now asking anyone who wants to donate in Jack’s memory to support charities which help people with quadriplegia or brain injuries.