Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Robin at son's grave moves mum to tears

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Media captionThe robin flew on to Marie Robinson's hand while she filmed it

A mother has said she is "overwhelmed" after a video of a robin hopping on to her hand while she visited her son's grave was viewed more than nine million times on social media.

Marie Robinson's son Jack died of a brain tumour in 2014 aged four.

She filmed the bird on the third anniversary of his death at the graveyard in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Mrs Robinson said the family always associated robins with Jack so she was moved to tears when it flew to her.

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Image caption Jack died of a brain tumour in 2014 aged four

She said robins were a familiar sight whenever the family visited Jack's grave but one had "never come so close".

"It was sitting by the side of a grave - it kept flying around. It came back and was happy to come onto my hand and then looked straight into the camera.

"It was mind blowing - it kept coming back. It even sat on my shoulder."

Jack died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. Mrs Robinson said: "It never gets easier.

"Whenever we'd go out, Jack and his twin would go robin spotting so it is something we always associate with him - it was just breathtaking."

Having shared the video on Facebook, it has been shared thousands of times, with Mrs Robinson receiving messages from around the world.

"It's absolutely overwhelming how it's been a comfort to a lot of people.

"If it can help raise awareness of childhood brain tumours, cancers and the grief of losing a child then it's a positive thing," she said.

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