THE mother of a man who died following a brave battle with cancer has described him as an ‘inspiration to all that had ever met him’.
Janet Hickman spoke to the Mail after the death of her son Charles prompted a huge outpouring of grief from family, friends and even complete strangers, leaving her feeling ‘honoured and proud’.
The 26-year-old, from Shobnall Road, finally succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma surrounded by his family at home, after fighting the disease for more than a year.
His death sent shockwaves through the town and has seen friends raise more than £1,000 for a cancer charity in his memory.
“Even up until the end, he was so determined to get better and beat the cancer,” Mrs Hickman said.
“He really was loved by everyone and all of us cannot believe just how many people knew him and liked him.
“He was an inspiration to all that had ever met him and he would have been so humbled by the way people are taking about him.
“He loved life. He enjoyed shopping, going out with friends, films and television, especially Doctor Who.”
Many will remember Charles as a staff member at Cineworld, in Middleway Park, Burton – his job had been left open for him by bosses throughout his cancer battle.
He was educated at John Taylor High School, in Barton under Nedwood, and before that at Shobnall Primary School.
Mrs Hickman added: “He had fought and fought and fought it but, in the end, the doctors said there was nothing more that they could do.
“In the end, he had come home and was surrounded by family including me and his sister Catherine and, of course, his loving girlfriend Ashleigh.
“So many of his friends had come to see him before he died, they were fantastic and it really meant a lot to Charles and all of us.”
His friends have now set up a Just Giving fund-raising page in his memory and it has already raised more than £1,000 since his death on Monday, April 28.
All of the cash will be handed to Macmillan Cancer Support.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/remember/121591/Charles-Hickman
No details for his funeral have yet to be announced.
Charles is survived by mum and dad Janet and Tony, sisters Catherine and Elizabeth and girlfriend Ashleigh.