TRIBUTES have been paid to a “talented and kind” 11-year-old boy who died suddenly this week.
Liam Shepherd tragically passed away on Tuesday leaving his family and friends heartbroken.
The talented lad was a keen footballer and rugby player and was a member of his local teams in Weston-super-Mare.
His sudden death is the third tragedy to hit the family after his dad and nan also passed away.
Tributes have now flooded in from his sport clubs as the devastating news spread on social media.
Weston-super-Mare RFC posted a touching photo of smiling Liam in his kit.
They said: “It is with our deepest sorrow and huge shock that we need to announce the sudden and unexpected death of our club member Liam Shepherd (U11s) at home on Tuesday 23rd March.
“Our condolences and love go to Liam’s mum Kim and his family, there are few words to express the deep anguish and sadness they are going through at this distressing time.
“Liam was a talented, kind, young soul who has been apart of Weston RFC since the age of four. He was much loved by his team mates and will be sorely missed.”
‘KIND AND WONDERFUL’
Weston-super-Mare AFC said: “It is with a heavy heart and complete shock that we write this post.
“One of our academy players, Liam Shepherd, has sadly passed away.
“Liam was 11 years old. A super footballer but more importantly a kind, thoughtful, and wonderful lad.
“Our thoughts and love are with his Mum Kimberley.”
Liam’s school, Ashcombe Primary, shared a link to a GoFundMe set up to help the family.
They said it is “wonderful” to see how the community has come together and said Weston Rugby Club and Liam’s football club are “putting gold ribbon bows on all their front doors for his friends to remember Liam”.
The fundraising page has so far raised almost £12,000 towards his funeral and to “further support other commemorative efforts for Liam”.
Paying tribute, organiser Steph Hudson said: “Liam was a talented, thoughtful and kind young boy loved by many.”
All those paying tribute have shared links to charities that can support anyone affected, including www.childbereavementuk.org, www.kidshealth.org and www.cruse.org.uk
Liam dreamed of being a police officer when he grew up and kindly helped frontline workers during the pandemic.
The kind-hearted schoolboy also ran a marathon over the period of a week for the NSPCC, the Weston Mercury previously reported.
Liam also donated food, along with a handwritten note, to a vulnerable family fund at his school out of his own pocket money.
The charitable boy also baked cakes for his teachers, Avon and Somerset Police and NHS staff.
Speaking about his selfless actions last month, Liam said: “I feel really good that I have done all these nice things for others and I am proud of myself.”
His mum Kimberley added at the time: “Liam has a very kind heart and always wants to help others.
“I am extremely proud to call him my son.”
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