ENDORSEMENTS have been given to a hospital's fitting tribute.

A Barrow man who died of a rare form of cancer is set to make a difference to the lives of others who are fighting the disease.

Gareth Brown died in 2017 at the age of 28 after developing pheochromocytoma, an uncommon form of the disease affecting the adrenal glands.

His family raised money to fund the creation of a room in the oncology unit at Furness General Hospital – and the room has now been named after Gareth as a mark of his lasting legacy in the community.

Barbara Wright said: "What a lovely tribute to Gareth and his family and friends. I knew Gareth as a young lad he was a always polite and friendly boy - sadly missed."

Angela McIlvogue said: "Such a wonderful gesture with all the hard work his family and friends have done. Miss you Gaz."

Fiona Uren Kenrick said: "What a lovely gesture well done to all his family and friends!"

The room features ‘Visualite’ illuminated ceiling panels showing calming images for patients.

UHMBT non-executive director Adrian Leather said: “It’s lovely to see Gareth’s memory honoured through the naming of this room.

“We are very grateful to Gareth’s family for their contribution to the oncology unit, which we hope will help our patients feel more comfortable during their treatment.”

Zoe Marie Shepherd: "How lovely! Missed by many."

LA590 said: "Gareth was a top man and this is a fitting legacy!"

Bonkersbarrow said: "Nice story. Thank you to Gareth's family."

Family and friends of Gareth have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the oncology unit, has been raised so far through a number of activities including sponsored triathlons, the Keswick to Barrow Walk, a football tournament, race nights, children’s dancing shows and more.

Gareth’s father Steve and mother Karen recently visited the unit to see the room and the newly-unveiled plaque bearing Gareth’s name.