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Finlay Church: Funeral of 11-year-old cancer fundraiser

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Media captionPolice guard of honour at boy's funeral

A funeral has been held for an 11-year-old boy who raised thousands of pounds for charity before losing his cancer battle.

Finlay Church, from Alvechurch, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and died on Wednesday.

He raised more than £100,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital and Brain Tumour Research.

Finlay's parents, Wayne and Penny Church, say they will make it their lives' mission to continue his work.

His funeral, at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch, featured a police guard of honour in tribute to Finlay's ambition to be a policeman.

His small coffin was carried into church by members of his karate club as Amazing Grace was played.

And the service ended with Finlay's favourite song Up by Olly Murs and Demi Lovato

Finlay won a Pride of Birmingham award last month for his charity work, with events which included smashing the world record for the most teddy bears in a row.

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Image caption Finlay (left) laid the final bear - the 15,534th - at the charity event. His brother Mackenzie and sister Tegan also helped.

He underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy but last week his parents said he had told them he was ready to go.

Mrs Church said: "I said to him if you've had enough baby it's ok and he died about 10 minutes later.

"I feel like he didn't want to let us down.

"But he didn't - we are so proud of him but he had just had enough, his body had just totally let him down.

"He was just too amazing for this world. Everybody thinks their child is amazing but he truly was.

Image caption Finlay Church was "too amazing for this world" said his mother Penny.

Mr Church said: "We need to try and find a cure. We need to find better treatments because at the moment it's not good enough. It's going to be our mission now for the rest of our lives to help others."

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