TRIBUTES have been paid to the campaigning mum who made a charity dedicated to her brave son into a household name.

Family and friends of Dawn Fidler, 44, have remembered the battler who dedicated her life to her son Josh Wilson, better known as Super Josh.

Josh was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three and lifesaving surgery left him with complex physical needs, epilepsy, scoliosis, joint problems and an acquired brain injury.

Dawn, from Walshaw, established SuperJosh to raise awareness of brain injuries and worked tirelessly to spread the message.

Her efforts saw her presented with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Her sister Katy Barker, in a post on Facebook, said: "It is with a broken heart that I announce the death of our beautiful sister Dawn Fidler.

"She was an incredible force of nature, driven by the love for her son.

"She was a kind, loving and charismatic woman loved by all that met her.

"She will forever be loved and cherished by her family and friends. Life just won’t be the same.

"We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.

"It’s not goodbye, just a see you later. Love you x."

Bury Council leader Cllr Eamonn O'Brien said the announcement was "incredibly sad news".

He added: "Dawn was an amazing woman and an inspiration to so many people. She will be greatly missed but leaves a huge legacy of achievement. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

Former Bury North MP James Frith said the news had "stopped him in his tracks".

He added: "Dawn was mum to SuperJosh and in fact was a superhero in her own right.

"She was the best of human kindness and the best of Bury. Her warmth, compassion and determination were contagious.

"She meant so much to so many and she exuded a humility that compelled so many of us to follow her cause and champion her story.

"Her legacy is the charity which she created that survives her and the incredible work that will continue. Rest in peace Dawn."

A Bury Hospice spokesman added: "We are very sad to hear the news that Dawn Fidler has died. Our deepest condolences to Dawn's family from everyone at Bury Hospice."

Officials at Salford Red Devils rugby league club, where Dawn once served as a board member, added their tribute.

An official said: "Salford Red Devils are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former board member, Dawn Fidler. Our thoughts are with Dawn’s family and friends at this sad time."

While Elm Bank student Josh died in November 2014, the SuperJosh charity has kept on fundraising in his name and just last Christmas made several donations to North Manchester General Hospital.