Mum's moving tribute to 'loveable' boy who 'stole people's hearts'


A heartbroken mum has said her life will never be the same again after losing her "proper cheeky chap" son Chad.

Chad Jones - known affectionately as 'Chaddy the Baddy' to his family and friends - died on Sunday, May 26, two and half years after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking to the ECHO, his mum Kelly, 36, from Wallasey, said: "Chad wasn’t your average seven-year-old. He was like a teenage lad in a young kid's body. He was a loveable rogue - a proper cheeky chap. He stole the hearts of everyone he met."

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Chad, who was a pupil at Kingsway Primary School in Wallasey, had a passion for "anything with an engine". Home videos show Chad full of joy and excitement on bike rides out with family and friends.

Kelly said: "Chad loved motorbikes, quads, buggies and fast cars. He was so good at riding them, even from a young age. He loved being outdoors and causing chaos."

Chad 'loved anything with an engine'
Chad 'loved anything with an engine' -Credit:Handout

Chad also enjoyed watching sports. He loved MMA fighter Paddy the Baddy - whose name inspired his nickname - and was a big Liverpool fan.

There is a Reds-themed mural of Chad on Rankin Street in Wallasey, which was widely shared on social media following his death. The photo shows Chad proudly posing next to the mural, which has 'Chaddy the Baddy YNWA' written on it.

A mural of Chad on Rankin Street in Wallasey, painted by Signs By James
A mural of Chad on Rankin Street in Wallasey, painted by Signs By James -Credit:Handout

In November 2021, three weeks after his fifth birthday, Chad was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. According to the NHS, around 30 children develop Ewing’s sarcoma in the UK each year. It is a type of cancer that can develop anywhere in the body but usually starts in the bone.

Chad underwent chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and later had proton therapy at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, as well as 10 sessions of radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Sadly, the disease progressed rapidly, and treatment wasn't successful. He died peacefully at home last Sunday.

Chad underwent chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Chad underwent chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children's Hospital -Credit:Handout

Chad leaves behind his devastated mum, as well as his dad Dean, sister Marni, 16, and brother Theo, 12. Kelly said: "As a family we are heartbroken. There are no words to describe it. My life will never be the same again."

On Monday evening, May 27, Chad's loved ones organised a beautiful tribute to the little boy with a balloon release at New Brighton beach. Dozens of people turned up to remember Chad, with music, fireworks and, of course, motorbikes.

There has been a huge outpouring of love for him and his family online, and many people have written touching messages of condolence. One of Chad's teachers said: "I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of working with this incredible, inspiring, courageous cheeky chappy. Chad always charmed me with his eyes and smiles."

A family friend posted: "An absolute legend and star. Fought hard and long and will always be known as 'Chaddy the Baddy'. Forever seven and in everyone's hearts and minds."

Chad's funeral will take place at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium at 3pm on Tuesday, June 11. Guests are requested to wear black with something red.

Donations in memory of Chad are being collected in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice and The Owen McVeigh Foundation. All donations and enquiries should be directed to Dallingers Funeral Directors.

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