A FLIXTON grandma has paid tribute to her grandson after he died in Australia recently.

Julie Heery and her husband John have lived in Trafford all their ives and Flixton for the last 41 years and their son Adam and his partner Kaye from Altrincham emigrated to Australia in December 2012.

Adam’s son,Travis Heery, aged six, was diagnosed with DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – which is an aggressive, inoperable brain tumour.

In May, the Messenger reported about Travis and how there was no cure and zero survival rate.He died peacefully at their home on August 16 surrounded by his family.

Julie said: “Travis was a fun-loving, gentle, selfless, quirky six-year-old boy. He loved everyone and everything and didn’t do goodbyes. The family are overwhelmed by the media coverage, but not surprised, as everyone who met Travis fell in love with him.”

“Friends and the local community have been very supportive and organised fund-raising events to support the family which they are so grateful for. We have received ongoing support and messages from family and friends in the UK.

“St Michael’s School in Flixton, where Travis’ three cousins attend, have been amazing and we have received lots of messages of support via our daughter. It was a very emotional and difficult journey for Travis and we are very proud to have shared part of it with him.”

The family are having a private service and donations are being made to DIPG Foundation or brain cancer charities.