A HEART-warming tribute has been made to a brave teenager who died after fighting brain cancer since his first birthday.

Bedford High School pupil Tyler Yates, 14, of Farnham Close, Leigh, died at home on Thursday with his mum, Pam, and dad, Alex, by his side.

On Saturday night, his classmates organised a memorial event at the Manchester Road school in which hundreds of balloons were released into the sky as well as Chinese Lanterns and his name spelt out in candlelights.

Pam, 40, said: “The tribute was really emotional and touching.

“It was very thoughtful of the children.

“We could not have asked for a more perfect child who is loved by everyone who has met him and will leave a massive hole in so many lives.

“Sleep tight baby boy.

“We will love you always and forever.”

Tyler underwent numerous treatment in his life such as brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He celebrated his 14th birthday five days before he died on November 25 when his parents were given permission to take him home where he was visited by family and friends.

Pam added: “I would like to thank everyone who has been for Tyler from the first day until the last.

“Everyone have been amazing and we are grateful to people who visited him on his birthday.”

Pam launched a fundraising campaign earlier this year with the aim of generating money for Tyler to have potentially life-saving treatment in America but later it was discovered this was no longer an option.

The Leigh community pulled together to raise more than £12,000 through a variety of events.

His family was going to donate the money to charities SuperJosh and Max In A Million but both organisations agreed the funds should be used to provide a host of experiences for Tyler.

The date for Tyler’s funeral has been set for Wednesday, December 13 at Howe Bridge Crematorium at 2.30pm for close friends and family.

A celebration of his life has been organised to take place after the service at Leigh Sports Village with everyone invited.

The event is expected to screen a slide show with a memory box on display for people to place items in it that remind them of Tyler.