Funeral date set for ‘lovely happy’ Jack

Much-loved: Jack with his mum Linda, right, and Aunt Claire
Much-loved: Jack with his mum Linda, right, and Aunt Claire

A FUNERAL for a much-loved Sowerby Bridge boy will take place next week.

The service for Jack Illand will be held at St Peter’s Church in Sowerby on Wednesday, October 26 at 1.30pm.

Jack, who was left severely disabled after being hit by a car six years ago, died peacefully in his sleep, aged 12.

His family have said everyone who knew him is welcome to the funeral and to a celebration of his life afterwards at Roxy Venue on Wharf Street in Sowerby Bridge.

They are asking people to wear brightly-coloured clothes.

Tributes have poured in for Jack, with scores of messages remembering Jack posted on the Courier’s Facebook page when news of his death spread.

He was described as a “lovely, happy boy” and someone “who broke a lot of hearts”.

One friend said “the thing I remember the most was his laugh”.

Jack’s accident left him quadriplegic, brain damaged, unable to speak and with impaired vision.

His school Lee Mount Primary started a fund to collect cash so he could undergo stem cell treatment and people queued up with money-raising ideas to collect £17,000.

The little boy travelled to Mexico for the pioneering brain procedure in 2008, and his family said they saw some improvement in his movement abilities.

They are now asking anyone who wants to donate in Jack’s memory to support charities which help people with quadriplegia or brain injuries.