Fundraiser aged just 27 killed by brain tu­mour

Macclesfield Express - - SAM BURT TRIBUTES - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AMAN who bat­tled a brain tu­mour for 10 years has died aged 27.

Sam Burt, who has raised thou­sands of pounds for East Cheshire Hos­pice since his di­ag­no­sis, died in its care in the early hours of Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8.

De­scribed as a ‘true gen­tle­man’, Sam grew up in Sut­ton where he lived with his mum Jill and dad John.

In a trib­ute, his fam­ily said: “Sam was our brother our son and an­gel, who meant the world to his fam­ily and friends. He changed all our lives for the bet­ter and was car­ing and coura­geous to the last, al­ways a true gen­tle­man.

“We, as a fam­ily are so proud to have been able to share his life with him. It is very dif­fi­cult to write this at this time, as no amount of words can de­scribe what Sam meant to his fam­ily and friends.

“We would like to thank every­one for their sup­port over the years, this meant a lot to Sam and to us, his fam­ily.”

Sam, a for­mer Hollinhey and Fal­li­b­roome stu­dent, was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour af­ter suf­fer­ing a seizure when he was 18. He be­came ill in re­cent months and passed away at the hos­pice on Novem­ber 8.

Nik Kalka, one of his best friends, de­scribed him has ‘de­ter­mined’.

He said: “Sam was 18 when he was di­ag­nosed but he was still very de­ter­mined to make the best out of life. He still went off to univer­sity and he joined the Amer­i­can foot­ball team. He would have the odd seizure which would slow him down but he still threw him­self into ev­ery­thing. He had time for every­one, he was a gen­uinely kind and friendly guy.”

To­gether Sam and Nik have raised more than £16,000 for the East Cheshire Hos­pice, host­ing reg­u­lar quiz nights at the Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School.

Nik added: “We’ve been supporting the hos­pice for three years. We’d like to sa a mas­sive thank you to the East Cheshire Hos­pice which has sup­ported him, par­tic­u­larly over the last year.”

Sam was brother to Es­ther, Nathan, Anna and Matthew.

He left Mac­cles­field to study com­puter sci­ence at Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity, but re­turned af­ter four years and worked at Tesco, on Hi­bel Road, and lat­terly at Fal­li­b­roome as an IT tech­ni­cian.

All who knew and cared for Sam are in­vited to his funeral at Sut­ton St James Church in 1.30pm on Novem­ber 18.

Do­na­tions to the East Cheshire Hos­pice can be made dur­ing the funeral, or at just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/in-mem­o­ryof-sam-burt. Sut­ton, at Satur­day,

Sam (fourth from right) at the wed­ding of friend Nik Kalka (fourth from left) in 2016

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