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Mum’s heartfelt tribute to Jack Robinson

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HER heartfelt words moved all those who attended the funeral of Jack Robinson.

The four-year-old’s mother Marie, 41, paid a unique tribute to her son by singing a song for him.

At his funeral in All Saints’ Church, Hambledon Road, Denmead, about 60 mourners heard Mrs Robinson sing Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You, which she had pre-recorded.

Talking about why she decided to sing, Mrs Robinson said: ‘Jack liked the song and I used to sing it with him.

‘I had 10 weeks to think about yesterday, and I wanted to do something different and special for him.

‘I wanted his funeral to have a twist, because he was so unique.

‘I went to a recording studio and decided on that song because that’s my message and words to Jack.

‘It seemed quite fitting, and although no-one likes to hear the sound of their own voice, I wanted to do it for Jack.’

Jack was brought to the church in a horse-drawn carriage with a Star Wars coffin.

It was flanked by Stormtroopers as a procession of around 50 people followed.

Floral tributes in the shape of a lightsaber, Yoda and R2-D2 were donated by Jack’s sisters.

And as Jack was brought into the church, a brass band played the music The Binary Sunset from the film franchise.

The hymns Morning Has Broken and All Things Bright and Beautiful were sung, and a passage from the Bible was also read.

Singer Marnie Clements delivered an emotional and powerful rendition of I Will Always Love You – made famous by Whitney Houston’s cover.

Afterwards pictures of young Jack were played out in church, while the family proceeded to the cemetery for a private burial.

Speaking after the funeral to The News, dad Terence said: ‘Jack was full of life, always had a cheeky smile and could see the funnier side of things.

‘I’m going to miss you but never forget you my son – I love you.

‘We had brilliant sunshine and that was Jack looking down on us.’

Jack is survived by his parents, sisters Danielle, 21, Christina, 18, Natalie, 15, and identical twin brother Liam, of Bere Road, Denmead.

His sisters also paid tribute to their younger brother.

Danielle said: ‘Jack will always be remembered, he was my youngest sibling who I cared for so much and I will miss him terribly.

‘He was a fantastic little uncle to his baby nephew Archie.

‘And his nephew will hear funny stories as he grows up through me, and his twin brother Liam.’

Sister Natalie said: ‘Jedi Jack was a beautiful boy and will always be missed.

‘I love him so, so much – may the force be with you.’

A wake was held at the Victory Bar in Fratton Park after the service.

The room featured blue balloons and a picture board.

Mr Robinson added: ‘I want to say a big thank you to all the people who have been supporting us.

‘In particular family friend Melissa O’Donnell has been with us, and she helped organise the wake.

‘I also want to thank friend Andrea Yearsley for her contributions – they have both been two super troopers going above and beyond with help and fundraising.

‘Not forgetting all those that have raised money, it means a lot to us.

‘And we want to thank Jack’s godparent Gina Cole, who has supported Marie throughout.

‘Also a thank you to Portsmouth Football Club, which has given us many memories.

‘The list goes on and on, but anyway a big thank you to all who supported the family – thank you.’

Fundraising continues

A MASSIVE cycle challenge will carry more poignancy for those taking part.

Tom Dearie and 19 others are to cycle 300 miles to Bury for Pompey’s last away match.

So far £16,000 has been raised. Half of the money will go to the club, while the other half will be split between three causes – Naomi House children’s hospice in Sutton Scotney, a brain tumour charity and to buy iPads for the ward Jack stayed at in hospital.

For those who want to fundraise or donate money, the family has picked three charities to benefit.

The Robinsons have chosen Naomi House, children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent, and emotional support charity The Rainbow Trust. To donate money, go to one of three links:

justgiving.com/jackrobinson

justgiving.com/jackrobinsonclicsargent

justgiving.com/jackrobinsonrainbowtrust

 

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