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Family of terminally-ill child buy caravan retreat for other families to keep his legacy alive

Dawson Willcox with his parents David and Wendy. Credit: BPM Media

The family of a toddler who was diagnosed with a rare cancer are spending the money raised for his treatment on a new caravan holiday home to provide "lasting memories" for other families with ill children.

Dawson Willcox, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was diagnosed cancer in January. In May his family received news that the disease had spread to his lungs and was not responding to treatment.

His parents, Wendy and David, launched an appeal to fly Dawson to the United States to meet with leading paediatric haematologist-oncologist Dr James Gellar.

The campaign raised £350,000 – but his family were given the heart-breaking news that the cancer was "too aggressive" to be treated further.

They have now decided to use the money buy the caravan in the Butlins holiday resort in Skegness. They have named it 'Dawson's Home for Heroes'.

Dawson was diagnosed with a rare cancer in January. Credit: BPM Media

Dawson's mum said she thought the caravan would be the "perfect" legacy for her son.

We have had a holiday home ourselves before, and have always had nice breaks there.

Memories are so precious and we need them. You need somewhere like this to make happy times to help you get through the bad times.

We wanted to give something back to people, and of course Dawson's name will live on.

– Wendy Willcox, Dawson's mum

The home will be available for bookings from March 2018 after it has been built.

We wanted people to know where their money was going, and want to keep people in the loop.

This project has definitely been something for us to focus on too.

Our Dawson is feeling a lot better recently and isn't on chemotherapy now.

It means more to us knowing we're spending our six to eight weeks with our little Dawson, and not poorly Dawson.

Now it's about the quality of time we have, instead of the length of time.

– Wendy Willcox, Dawson's mum