All welcome at funeral for Joe Ellis

By a County Press reporter

Friday, July 4, 2014

 

All welcome at funeral for Joe Ellis

Isle of Wight teenager Joe Ellis with his mum Sally.

UPDATED FRIDAY 16:46*

THE family of Joe Ellis has invited Islanders to the funeral for the inspirational Isle of Wight teenager.

Joe's battle with an aggressive form of cancer brought the Island's community together in a bid to raise £100,000 to help pay for a new drug treatment.

Following his death, his family said they wanted fundraising to continue, in the hope that the money raised for the Joe Ellis Trust could be used to help another family.

A message on the trust's official Facebook page has now been posted, inviting Islanders to attend a funeral service for Joe, 13.

"The family have asked that we let you know the following information. The church service will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 2pm at StsThomas' Church Newport.

"All will be welcome, there will be limited space inside the church itself but there will be facilities for the service to be relayed outside.

"The family have asked that there be no formal wear or black, please dress casual, in Joe's blue and purple colours."

*Joe's family has appealed for people to celebrate Joe's life by lining the streets and making as much noise as possible as they make their way to the church on Thursday.

They have invited people to line the roads close to Sts Thomas Church, as they start their journey at 1.15pm. Joe's father Simon will be driving a steam traction engine to the service, as he and his son shared a passion for them.

They will travel along South Street from the Co-op/Bus Station up to McDonalds, down Pyle Street towards Wheatsheaf/Olivos and into St Thomas Square. 

To find out about fundraising events for the trust, click here.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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