Knox family heartened by Oscar poem

Knox family heartened by Oscar poem

The parents of Oscar Knox are among the thousands of people online who have been touched by a poem written in memory of their son.

A host of tributes have already been made to the brave five-year-old, affectionately known as "Wee Oscar", after he passed away on Thursday and was remembered at a Mass of Angels on Sunday.Belfast City Hall was lit up in Team Oscar colours and lanterns were also released into the night sky.Now a poem has been written about Oscar's journey to Neverland.His mum Leona had told mourners how she and his dad Stephen had explained to their little boy that he would be going to heaven."We talked to him a few weeks ago about going on a journey to Neverland. We explained in Neverland there are no sore knees, no sore heads and no sore tummies," she said.The poem, posted on Facebook by Paul O'Neill, opens with Oscar being taken by the hand and welcomed to Neverland by Peter - presumably Peter Pan from his favourite movie.Me and Leona shed a wee tear when we read it!Stephen Knox"There were no tubes or needles, no sickness, no pain - I suddenly felt healthy, like a wee boy again," the poem notes."I grabbed Peter and I hugged him with all my might - looked at him and said: "My mummy was right."Thanking Paul on Twitter, Stephen said the poem was wonderful, while Leona added: "This poem gave us closure on Oscar's send-off, it captures his nature perfectly."Over 5,000 people shared the Facebook post, with nearly twice as many 'liking' it and many more mentioning it on Twitter.Meanwhile, nearly £35,000 has been raised through a Just Giving page for the NI Hospice in the last few days, all in the name of a little boy who made a very big impact and ensured many people would remain #TeamOscarForever.Wonderful poem written by Paul O'Neill on facebook. Thanks Paul!— Stephen Knox (@sknox7) May 12, 2014A special programme, The Oscar Knox Story, will be shown on Thursday 15 May at 8.30pm on UTV.Just seen an ad for 'The Oscar Knox Story' a special program on @utv tomorrow at 8.30pm. Will be a difficult watch, but looking fwd to it!— Stephen Knox (@sknox7) May 14, 2014


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