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Gov’t reviews decision to refuse Damary Dawkins’ gran visa

NOT FORGOTTEN: Raheem Sterling paid tribute to Damary Dawkins with a special t shirt that he revealed during England's match against the Czech Republic last month

THE HOME Office has overturned a decision to deny Damary Dawkins’ grandmother with a visa to enter the UK for his funeral.

Damary, 13, died from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last month following a campaign to find a stem cell donor.

His grandmother, Ivy, who lives in Jamaica was initially refused a visa to enter the UK, meaning she would have missed Damary’s funeral this Friday.

“It is heartbreaking and cruel not to let Ivy say goodbye to her Grandson,” a statement from a petition published before the decision was reviewed stated.

"The Home Office say Ivy doesn't have the savings to support herself. Ivy is retired and has a family to support her stay - both Damary’s parents Nadine and Tony work and have sent a range of documents to the Home Office to prove this," the author of the petition added.

Although a donor for Damary was eventually found in the US and he underwent a transplant, he died just weeks after his 13th birthday, according to the petition.

More than 25,000 people signed the petition calling for the Home Office to reconsider the refusal.

HuffPost reported a spokesperson from the Home Office said the decision had been made “in light of the compassionate circumstances”.

Raheem Sterling publicised the Crystal Palace youth player’s search for a donor and encouraged people to get tested to see if they were a match.

He also spent time visiting Damary in hospital and kept in contact with him via text.

Last month, after he scored his second goal in England’s 5-0 win against the Czech Republic, Sterling lifted his shirt to reveal a picture of himself and Damary with the words “May your soul rest in peace”.

“Damary spent a lot of time in hospital obviously, but Raheem came to visit him and his passing obviously affected Raheem a great deal,” Damary’s dad, Tony, told Metro.

“That’s the legacy of my son,” he added. “He just left an aura, he just showed love to everyone he met.”

Sterling will be paying for the cost of Damary’s funeral. He is also expected to attend.

"Damary was a special young man who touched a lot of lives, including my own," Sterling said.

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