During the event, a video of the 12-year-old singing "One Call Away" was screened alongwith a montage of his photos and videos.
Archie Battersbee was laid to rest on 13th September after a long legal battle over his life support. Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee, the 12-year-old boy's parents, lost a series of judicial proceedings about his medical care in August, reports BBC.
The funeral service for the boy was held at St Mary's Church in Prittlewell, Southend, where all of his family members were present wearing purple ribbons and other purple items, per Daily Mail. During the event, a video of the child singing Charlie Puth's One Call Away was screened before the choir sang a rendition of the song. Mariah Carey's One Sweet Day was also performed during the service.
Archie's mother spoke to the church in tears before someone screamed, "We love you Hollie, we're so proud of you," and the crowd erupted in spontaneous applause. Hollie said, "He was just such a beautiful little boy and just he made the most of absolutely everything that he did. He lived a very fulfilled and happy life. He was very, very energetic. He was the best little boy ever, just perfect. There were a few little challenges along the way but he was just moulding into such a perfect little man. I love him so much."
Lewis Capaldi's song Someone You Loved was played over speakers, and there was poetry, hymns, a bible reading, and a video montage of Archie's images and videos. Matt Badcock, head teacher at Earls Hall Primary School, said, "There was nothing run-of-the-mill about Archie." He praised his loyalty and his ability to form strong friendships.
During the funeral, a representative from Archie's club, Southend Gymnastics Club, described meeting him as a child with his "gorgeous eyes and bright blonde hair" and "the cheekiest smile I have ever seen."
In July, a High Court judge decided that doctors should legally withdraw life-support treatment from the youngster. He suffered brain damage during a suspected TikTok challenge at his home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. His mother found him unconscious on April 7. Doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, believed Archie was brain-dead and that continuing life-support treatment was not in his best interests.
The public funeral takes place today (13 Sept, 12pm) of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, at St Mary's Parish Church, Prittlewell.— BBC Essex (@BBCEssex) September 13, 2022
His mum, Hollie Dance, tells BBC Essex she will "speak from the heart" at the funeral.
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Hollie is ready to meet with a health minister to explore the ramifications of the Archie case. She asked Steve Barclay, the health secretary at the time Archie died, whether she and her MP Anna Firth could meet for discussions. Barclay, who is no longer the health secretary, responded by saying that Archie's situation will be discussed by a minister. The Christian Legal Centre stated that no date for a meeting had been set.
A private burial followed the service, and a memorial bench was then placed at Southend's Priory Park. The plaque on the bench reads, "Make the most of your life, live and be happy."
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