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Hull school choking death: Fundraising appeal for funeral

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Image caption Theodore Silvester was a pupil at Anlaby Primary School

A crowdfunding page has raised thousands of pounds towards the funeral costs of a five-year-old boy who is believed to have choked to death during a lunch break at a Hull school.

Theodore Silvester was taken ill on Friday at Anlaby Primary School, where paramedics pronounced him dead.

The appeal aimed to raise £1,000, but now has more than £13,000 in donations.

Tributes have been pouring in for Theodore, whose post-mortem examination has yet to take place.

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Brian Andrews, who works as a crossing patrol guard outside the school, said he was "very, very upset" when he heard about Theodore's death.

"A great little guy," he said. "A very happy little chap.

"Absolutely devastated, upset; I felt for his parents and his schoolmates."

One tearful mother taking her child to the school on Monday said everybody was in shock.

"He was such a young little boy and you don't expect it to happen, so we are all very upset," she said.

"We're feeling so sorry for the family."

On Saturday, head teacher Gareth May said the whole school community was "deeply saddened by this tragic event".

Flowers have been left outside the school's gates, with staff and pupils offered support over the coming days.

Anlaby Primary School has about 325 pupils aged between 4 and 11.

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