DURING our campaign to help fund the building of Acorns Children's Hospice in Worcester's Bath Road, many youngsters' stories have touched our hearts.

Our pages have been graced with tales of bravery in the face of adversity, by children who - despite their often debilitating conditions - somehow manage to keep on smiling.

No story has perhaps touched so many hearts as that of 11-year-old Robert Davison.

Robert , of St John's, campaigned tirelessly for good causes, raising more than £80,000 in his short life for Acorns and other charities.

Sadly, Robert died last Friday, through complications arising from his virulent cerebral palsy.

A quadriplegic, he never let his disabilities get the better of him and appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and on television shows to drum up much-needed funds for the charity.

Thankfully, he was able to visit the completed Acorns hospice in the city only last week, to see the end result of all his - and others - efforts.

Robert's funeral next week will, says his mother Sally, be a celebration of his life.

Although full of difficulties, we are sure that Robert's life was a happy one - thanks to his loving family, his many friends and the expert care and attention he received from Acorns staff in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

We feel privileged to have known him.