Young boy with cancer died in his mother’s arms after sadly apologising to her.

Little Charlie Proctor, 5, was given just days to live by doctors last month after being diagnosed with a rare form of childhood liver cancer in 2016.

His parents Amber Schofield, 24, and Ben Proctor tried desperately to raise enough money to get him an organ transplant in the US.

His smile captured the hearts of the nation on his ‘Charlie’s Chapter’ page online, where his mother posted regular updates of how his hepatoblastoma was taking its toll.

The five-year-old died in his mother’s arms on Saturday evening, after he told her: ‘Mummy, I’m sorry for this.’

Ms Schofield, of Accrington in Lancashire, posted a picture of her little boy with angel wings to share news of his tragic death with the thousands of people who have been following his story.

The family shared a touching message after his passing:

“Last night at 23:14 my best friend, my world, Charlie, took his final breath.

He fell asleep peacefully cuddled in my arms with daddy’s arms wrapped around us. Our hearts are aching.

The world has lost an incredible little boy. Charlie, you gave me chance to be a mum. You have been, not only our biggest inspiration but you have been an inspiration to thousands of people all over the world. You showed me what love really means Charlie.

Now it’s time to fly, I am so, so proud of you. You fought this so hard. My baby, I’m hurting so much. I will forever miss you baby bum. Sweet dreams my baby.”

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time x

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  • Such a tragic loss of such a gorgeous little boy and in the end he seemed to think it was his fault. Charlie, your parents loved you so much and still do. That pain will never go away but it wasn’t your fault. Spread your angel wings Charlie. May you rest in peace now with no more pain. To the parents I offer my deepest sympathy and love.


  • This is so sad. Poor little guy apologising for what he couldn’t help. My heart goes out to the parents who must be devastated.


  • Started to tear just at the article title. Definitely heart breaking


  • Oh this is so sad, that’s just so sad.


  • Tears and sympathy for this family.


  • Aw bless, bless, bless ! My heart aches for the pain he had to go through and for his grieving family.

    • It must be so hard to let your little loved one go !


  • So sad. I hate that kids have to get sick. Rip little angel ❤️


  • A wonderful young man that is shining so bright in our skies at night. To a beautiful family love is always going to be around you , look up to the sky and see Charlie’s eyes. Xxx. My love xxxx


  • RIP Little Charlie – my tears are for you and your family.


  • Heartbreaking poor family and what an amazing little boy.


  • My emotions are choking me as I read this article, it brings me to tears. I think I’ll have to go and kiss my babies goodnight, again. So heartbreaking for Charlie’s family and such a hard life he lead being so unwell.


  • Terrible. Sweet little boy. My condolences to the family. So hard and difficult to understand. I was crying while reading this post. :-(


  • What a sad story. I feel so sorry for this poor family which had had their Charlie robbed from them. What a sweet little boy.


  • Heartbreaking story. No child should endure and go through


  • Losing a child is the hardest thing.


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