Northumberland Rugby Player Stu Ridley dies

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A rugby player from Northumberland who was diagnosed with a brain tumour has died, aged 25.

Stu Ridley, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February, has passed away following a five-month battle with the disease.

The promising rugby player not only inspired the agricultural and rugby communities but the story struck a chord with the wider public after the family’s #StayStrongStu campaign took off and has so far raised more than £108,000 for the trust set up in his name.

Stu, a farmer from near Walk, Northumberland, was told by doctors he had six months to live after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. A few months previous he had made the first-team for the Tynedale RFC Club.

Taking to the StayStrongStu Facebook page, Stu’s mum Celia, posted: “At noon today Stu took his last breath.

“He was strong throughout his five-month ordeal. We are immensely proud of him, he has been an absolute treasure and delight all of his short life.

“We cannot thank everyone enough for all of the support we have received. It has been a very hard but special time for us all. We have been lucky enough to say our goodbyes and are so thankful for that.

“Stu knew he was loved by everyone and that means such a lot. Thank you.”

The Stay Strong Stu campaign set up in his name has seen thousands of T-shirts and wristbands bought and worn across the globe.

Stu’s positive attitude and determination has brought together not only the farming and rugby communities, but has touched almost everybody, including celebrities, around the world.

Both Alnwick and Berwick young farmers and rugby clubs came together to support the cause through various activities.