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Charlie Harris-Beard: Funeral for toddler with leukaemia

Charlie Harris-Beard
Charlie Harris-Beard had been receiving treatment at Birmingham Children's Hospital

The funeral has taken place of a toddler whose fight against leukaemia reached more than two million people through a social media campaign.

Two-year-old Charlie Harris-Beard, from Kidderminster, had a form of acute myeloid leukaemia.

Charlie, who was being treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital, contracted pneumonia.

The funeral was held at St Mary's Church, Churchfields, followed by a private crematorium service.

Friends of the family used the Thunderclap website to raise awareness of Charlie's condition.

He was first diagnosed with the rare form of leukaemia at 10-months old and underwent four courses of chemotherapy.

During the course of his treatment, he received a bone marrow transplant and stem cell treatment from an umbilical cord donated by a woman in the US.

He was readmitted to Birmingham Children's Hospital last year and it had been hoped he would be able to undergo a new drug trial.

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