A mother has paid a heartfelt tribute to her son after he lost his courageous 11-year battle with a brain tumour.
Former Scarborough sixth-former Haydn Eblet, 20, from Filey, passed away at St Catherine’s Hospice.
Despite his ailing health, he managed to find the strength to give away his doting mother Sharon Thompson at her wedding earlier this year.
He refused to let his condition get in the way of his fundraising efforts for Martin House Children’s Hospice, helping to raise thousands of pounds for other children suffering ill-health. His mother said: “When he gave me away at my wedding, he told me that he was ‘made up’ for me.
“He absolutely loved me and that included not telling me just how sick he was. He was just such a loving, caring boy.”
Haydn underwent a string of operations in a bid to rid himself of the tumour before he sadly succumbed to the killer disease. His funeral takes place next week.
His mum said: “You brace yourself for this happening one day, but you never know just when it’s going to happen, and that’s the shock of it. We were told on Sunday that there was just nothing more that we could do for him.”
She added: “In the last three years he didn’t have an MRI scan as even if they had found something, he knew there was nothing more that could be done about it.
“It’s the only way he could have got through it. He wanted to live his life his way and enjoy every day.”
Facebook tributes have also now flooded in for the popular former Filey School pupil, and a group has been set up online for people to share their memories of him.
And his family have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support since his death at the weekend, with Sharon adding: “I just didn’t realise how many people knew him.
“I just can’t get over how many people have posted something. We have been sent so many messages of support and flowers, it’s meant so much to us.”
According to his mother, Haydn was a “massive” Harry Potter fan, and when he was first diagnosed in 2001, he received a signed volume of the books from author J.K Rowling
She added that he had aspirations to be a designer, but said: “I sort of thought he wouldn’t get to be what he wanted to do because of the illness, but of course I went along with it, because it was his dream.”
Despite the pain of losing her son, she has still thanked St Catherine’s and Martin House for their help and assistance.
Haydn spent a lot of his time with Martin House as he battled the disease, and she said that staff there “were like family” to him, adding that “they would do whatever he wanted to do” to keep his spirits up.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday 22 August at Octon Crematorium.
Family flowers only, and donations to both St Catherine’s Hospice and Martin House Children’s Hospice are welcome.