MICKY Bennett sadly lost his fight to cancer at the weekend surrounded by his family at home.

Hundreds of tributes have poured in for the 12-year-old boy who captured so many people’s hearts with his strength and determination to fight the rare leukaemia he battled with since July 2018.

Micky took a turn for the worse in recent weeks and contracted several infections.

With Micky’s weak immune system and lack of blood cells, his health was in a critical state.

Last week, doctors gave the family the news they had been dreading - there was nothing more they could do for Micky.

His family chose to take their son home for his final days.

On Saturday mum Lisa, via his support group page, posted: “Please pray for our beautiful baby boy as he faces his final hours on this earth.

“As a family we have been honoured to be a part of this beautiful boy’s life for 12 years.

“What a massive show of strength this boy has shown and been.

“He has been a warrior and his courage has been unreal.

“You are to good for this world baby boy I wish I could keep you forever. You will always be with me, us - we are family.

“I love you - we will see you when we get there. I am so so sorry baby.”

He died later that night.

In a message to all those who supported her Lisa added: “At 10.40 our beautiful boy Micky Bennett gained his angels wings. “We love you boy and you will always be a massive part of us.

“Sleep tight until we meet again. I am honoured to be your mummy. I beam with pride when I hear your name.

“You were, and always will be an amazing soul. It’s not goodbye darling - it’s goodnight. Until we meet again, I love you forever and a day. You are my hero - I miss you so much already baby boy.”

Originally from Dagenham, Micky, who moved to Basildon with mum and dad, Lisa Hicks and Dave Bennett, and sister, Kharis, 16, in 2015.

He was diagnosed with Acute T-Cell Lymphoma last year after he was rushed to hospital with what his family thought was a severe headache.

Micky was in desperate need of a stem cell donor until the decision was made to use his father’s.

His brave fight captured the hearts of the community both in Essex and further afield.