Funeral arrangements for Jake Taylor announced

The funeral of Jake Taylor, the 11 year old from Hull, who drowned whilst on holiday in France will have a Star Wars theme.

The colourful celebration of Jake’s life will take place in the large chapel at Chanterlands Avenue crematorium on Monday, 16 September 16, at 1.30pm.

Jake will arrive at the service in a white carriage pulled by two white horses, with the funeral director carrying a light sabre.  He will have a Star Wars coffin, and will be laid to rest in his Sirius Academy school uniform which he never got to wear after he drowned at the La Croix Du Vieux Pont campsite in northern France on August 22.  A Jofli Bear will be in his coffin with him.

His family have said anyone who has been touched by Jake’s story is welcome to attend the funeral to pay their respects.  The only rule is that no one wears black.

Jake’s family have requested no flowers at the service.  Instead they have asked people to contribute to a collection on the day.  All money raised will go to The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).  This is a charity that supports current and retired ambulance services personnel and their families.  Jake’s family chose the charity because of the help given by British paramedics and doctors who were at the beach with their families when Jake drowned.

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Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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