A SPECIAL service to celebrate the life of a much-loved Bromsgrove teenager who passed away suddenly will be held at the town’s St John’s Church at 10am tomorrow.
Harry Bennett, who was just 16 and attended South Bromsgrove High School, died following a short illness, devastating his family, fellow students and friends.
Harry was both popular and very active, playing for Kings Norton Rugby Club and football for Meadow Park FC.
He had also previously played for Bromsgrove Sporting’s youth teams and Bromsgrove Rugby Club.
Harry’s heartbroken family would love to see as many people as possible tomorrow and those going along are being urged to wear as many bright colours as possible, rather than black.
Harry’s closed coffin is currently at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove and people can go and spend quiet moments with him from now and 6pm this evening.
Tomorrow after being driven past South Bromsgrove High School en route to St John’s Church, Harry’s coffin will be greeted by players from the sports teams he has proudly represented.
They will be lining up in full kit to be part of his final journey.
Silences have also recently been held prior to matches involving the football and rugby clubs Harry played for.
A family friend told the Standard: “Harry’s family – Andy, Yvette and Charlotte – have been overwhelmed by the response.
“They have received cards from people they did not even know but had heard what they were going through.
“The reaction has been absolutely phenomenal.
“Harry was such a live wire and because of how active he was, he touched the hearts and lives of so many people.
“We want tomorrow’s ceremony to be a real celebration of his life for those who knew him.”
In a Facebook post the family thanked everyone ‘for their wonderful support at this heartbreaking time’.
The message added: “We would like to thank all of you who have sent flowers, cards, food and a thousand kind messages – we are truly grateful.
“Love you all from the bottom of our hearts. Xxxx”
Tomorrow’s service will be family flowers only but donations can be given in Harry’s memory.
Funds raised will go to Bromsgrove Rugby Club, Kings Norton Rugby Club, Meadow Park FC and Child Cancer Research.
After the service there will be a private family burial at St Godwalds in Aston Fields before the celebration of Harry’s life continues at Bromsgrove Rugby Club.
Everyone is welcome to attend.