'Inspirational' Connor, 15, loses battle with bone cancer

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Connor, who was supported by The Prince's Trust. Connor, who was supported by The Prince's Trust.

A TEENAGER battling bone cancer died hours after school friends helped his final 'prom wish' come true.

Ten of Connor Lancaster's friends including his prom queen and staff at Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College, Bradford, took the prom to Martin House Hospice.

Teacher Sarah Steel said despite the 15-year-old being so ill, his face lit up to see them all in their prom finery and it meant he could tick off something else on his wish list which also included a dream trip to New York.

"It was so good of him to let us come and say our goodbyes," she said.

"His face just lit up when he saw us but that was Connor all over, he always had a smile on his face."

When Connor, of Folly Hall Road, Wibsey, was told his cancer was terminal he decided to live life to the full and drew up a list which saw him fly a Tiger Moth plane, get a year's supply of chocolate and see a show in London's West End.

Going to his prom was another wish but when he got so ill he could not make it, the school organised a minibus to take it to him instead - and had a fish and chip supper.

Connor's mum, Julie, said: "Connor was determined to see his friends and have a prom. He'd actually stopped his medicine a few times before it so he'd stay awake for it. It was his last wish to come true. He died not long after it but he had all his family round him. He's at peace now and he's got his prom tuxedo on."

Head teacher Richard Hughes said: "Connor was courageous, determined and resolute; he was an inspiration to us all.

" He was a celebrity at Buttershaw even before his last illness; he was known by lots of students for his cheerfulness and good humour and for his brilliant conversation.

"The way he would not let his disabilities prevent him from succeeding was so encouraging and helpful. He also coped with his cancer in a truly remarkable way and we are really pleased that the school was able to help him achieve so many of his wishes this year."

Now his school is hoping to keep up its fundraising in Connor's memory by setting up the Connor Lancaster Trust Fund, money from it will be used to help other pupils do more charity work, then pay back what they borrowed with a percentage of what they made.

Teacher Mrs Steele said: "That way Connor's Trust Fund would always be on the up and keep helping even more people in his memory. It's in the early planning stages but we hope it goes ahead."

Tomorrow the whole of Connor's school will be taking part in a one-mile Race For School event, launching balloons in Connor's favourite green and orange colours and splitting money made between Martin House and Cancer Research.

His funeral takes place next Wednesday at Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, at 1.20pm where friends and family will be wearing orange and green in tribute.

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11:44am Wed 18 Jun 14

flogem says...

What a brave and brilliant lad also what wonderful friends.
What a brave and brilliant lad also what wonderful friends. flogem
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11:43pm Wed 18 Jun 14

norat says...

RIP Connor, you were a lovely lad, sad to hear of a loss of such a young life.
RIP Connor, you were a lovely lad, sad to hear of a loss of such a young life. norat
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