Brave Charlie to be laid to rest

By Rob George Tuesday 12 February 2013 Updated: 12/02 19:36

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THE FUNERAL of a brave Worcestershire toddler who lost his battle against cancer last week will be held in Kidderminster on Thursday (February 14).

Charlie Harris-Beard will be laid to rest at St Mary's Church on Churchfields during a service which will begin at 3pm. A private service for close family and friends will be held afterwards at Kidderminster Crematorium.

Family members have asked for no flowers at the service and have asked for donations to be made to either PICU - Birmingham Children's Hospital or Worcestershire Orchard Services who looked after Charlie at home in his final weeks.

The brave two-year-old, whose mun Fiona is from Droitwich, passed away on Friday (February 8) after spending much of his young life battling acute myeloid leukaemia.

Charlie underwent chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with leukaemia soon after his birth, but it failed to kill the cancer.

Following a world-wide search for a bone marrow donor, Charlie underwent chemotherapy last October but late last year his parents Fiona and Joey were told his cancer had returned.

The devastating news failed to deter his family and friends who organised numerous events to raise cash for Cords 4 Life, the charity established by Fiona and Joey to raise awareness of umbilical cord research.

More than 100 residents young and old gathered at the Railway Inn in November for a balloon-release in his honour and even after his sad death, many Droitwich residents are working to ensure Charlie's memory lives on.

Droitwich residents can keep up to date on many of the fund-raising activities for Cords 4 Life at www.facebook.com/Cords4Life.

Plastic bottle tops are also being collected by many of Charlie's friends to raise money for the charity, visit www.facebook.com/groups/576918749002543 for more information.

Spa resident Vicky Ince is also appealing for donations to help name a star after Charlie, visit her page at www.facebook.com/events/102728809912589 for more information.

* If you are hosting an event in Droitwich to raise money for Cords 4 Life or simply to remember Charlie Harris-Beard e-mail: editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk or leave us a message at www.facebook.com/droitwich.standard.

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