Minute's applause in memory of Charlie Harris-Beard


A minute's applause has been held today to honour a two-year old boy who lost his battle against leukaemia.

Charlie Harris-Beard from Kidderminster had beaten leukeumia once before, but became ill again. He was about to undergo an experimental drugs trial, but his condition deteriorated. He died in hospital yesterday afternoon surrounded by his family.

Today Charlie's older sister, Ellie-Louise, was at the Kidderminster Harriers ground where she was given a football shirt with his name on.

Just before kick-off, there was also a minute's applause to pay tribute to Charlie.

Charlie's parents, Joe and Fiona, tied the knot last year earlier than planned when their 2-year old son was given weeks to live. He was his father's best man at the wedding.

Charlie spent a lot of his life being cared for at Birmingham Children's Hospital. In fact, it was in hospital where he took his first steps.

The news of Charlie's death was announced on Twitter by the family.

Charlie with his family by his side at Birmingham Children's Hospital Credit: ITV News Central