Family from Yarmouth pays tribute to their ‘amazing’ son 

05 August 2016
Geraldine Scott, Great Yarmouth Mercury
Lucas Pontes, eight, who died on July 30, 2016

A family who are part of Park's Portuguese congregation, has paid tribute to their “sweet boy” after the eight-year-old died last weekend
Lucas Pontes, of Southtown, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer 

His father, Carlos, took to the Facebook group which had been set up to support the family to break the news and thank the community for their love and support

He said: “He had a genuine heart as pure as I had ever known in my life"
“He was a sweet boy; neat, polite, charismatic, kind and smart. I’ve never had any complaints of bad behaviour. He was a very good student in school, was friendly and had a lot of friends. He was amazing”

In the post on the ‘Prayers for Lucas Pontes’ page he added how he wanted to thank his wife, Lucas’ mother, Christiane, for “loving and dedicating so much to Lucas”

Yarmouth’s community spirit shone through when Lucas’ story first came to light in June, and fundraising events were organised across the borough

The family had been looking to raise £20,000 so Carlos could give up work and spend a year with his family, after Lucas had been given just twelve months to live

But last month they were told his cancer had spread to his spine and he then had a matter of weeks

Lucas was then moved home and was able to meet his hero, YouTuber Dan Middleton - known as DanTDM - before he died on Saturday

Tributes have since poured in and people on Facebook have turned their profile photos to a black ribbon in memory of the Southtown Primary School pupil

Lucas’ funeral will be held at Gorleston Crematorium, at 9.20am on August 12

Service at Park Baptist Church at 6.30pm on August 12

His family has asked that, instead of buying flowers, for people to take the money they would spend and donate it to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. Donations will be collected at the funeral and at a service at Park Baptist Church at 6.30pm the same day
this article appeared on the Yarmouth Mercury website