A TEENAGER who lived life to the full, despite serious illness, has died.
Scores of mourners are expected on Wednesday at the funeral of 13-year-old Nathan Jones, of Brighouse.
The sports-mad youngster died last week at his home at Smithy Carr Lane, Brighouse.
Sadly, his death came only days before Nathan was due to travel to London for heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Nathan was diagnosed with the rare Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) when he was two. The condition affected his mobility.
People with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue which supports many parts of the body. Nathan faced numerous operations, but his parents were determined he would lead as normal a life as possible.
Nathan had been a student at Brighouse High School for two years, having moved there from St Joseph’s Catholic School.
He lived with his mum Janet, dad Steven and brother Ryan, 16.
The youngster loved sports and followed Leeds United with his dad and brother.
He also enjoyed going round Crow Nest golf course in his golf buggy, caddying for his dad.
Mrs Jones said: “He was a lad who laughed a lot and enjoyed life, despite his problems. So many people knew him and loved him. He won a number of awards, including a Child of Achievement award from a local radio station.
“It’s such a shame that he died when he was about to go to hospital for the operation.”
The funeral is on Wednesday at Elland’s Park Wood crematorium.