Gift of split-heart necklace

Cheeky - candle-lit tribute to Joe Cannon.
Cheeky - candle-lit tribute to Joe Cannon.

A kind-hearted letter and a split-heart necklace from a mystery benefactor have been left at the roadside tribute to Joe ‘Cheek’ Cannon.

The letter, signed only by ‘a Hucknall Mum’ and addressed to Joe’s heartbroken mother Kursty, sparked a grateful and emotional reception.

Mystery gift

Mystery gift

The letter said: “I’m so sorry you left your son. As I said a final goodbye to my son I laid half a heart on his chest with the word ‘son’ on and I kept the other half which I wear on a necklace with his name on.

“I found and find great comfort in this. It makes me feel like we are joined together in some way.

“I don’t know you. But I saw you crying at the place of your son’s accident the other day.

“And I wondered if this could bring you any comfort to do something similar.”

Kursty described the gesture as ‘such a lovely thoughtful thing’.

She said: “I have brought some flowers as a thank you but as I don’t know the sender I’ve place them on Cheek’s Corner on the table where your letter was left. Please collect them.”

An inquest into the popular youngster’s death was opened last week and adjourned until October 13.

Coroner Mairin Casey said: “At the time, unfortunately, Mr Cannon was not wearing a helmet and he was seriously injured at the scene, and transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment involving a very serious head injury.”

Joe suffered a left acute subdural hematoma, which is a collection of blood outside the brain.

The cause of death was a head injury.

Further specialist tests are due – the results of toxicology analysis and bloods taken at the time of admission.

A special fundraising fun day is set for Sunday August 30 at Rolls Royce Leisure and starts from midday onwards.

Since Joe’s death, family, friends and members of the community have been busy raising money with collections and the donations of raffles prizes.