Belfast Telegraph

Funeral: Classmates' farewell to brave Caleb Overton

By Victoria O'Hara

Schoolchildren were among the hundreds of mourners who gathered for the funeral of Caleb Overton, who was described as "an amazing wee boy who will never be forgotten".

The 11-year-old died just months after capturing the heart of golfing world number one Rory McIlroy at a charity event after a battle with cancer.

His parents, Lee and Sandra from Dundonald, and siblings Jared, Micah and Kyria, saw a display of pictures of Caleb's favourite animals, including giraffes, painted by his classmates ahead of the Roselawn Cemetery service. Brooklands Primary and Nursery unit in Belfast, where Caleb was a pupil, closed for the day to allow classmates and teachers to attend the funeral.

Family and friends from England also made the journey to attend the funeral.

Among the mourners was Ellen Vance-Stewart, a close friend of the Overton family.

"He was just an amazing wee boy who had such an impact on everyone," she said.

"He was and is an inspiration to us all and will never ever be forgotten. The strength that the family have shown in the last week has just been amazing."

Caleb was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, at the age of seven. It was discovered he had a tumour on his spine, known as a spinal PNET,

Caleb was at Rory's side last October he officially opened Daisy Lodge therapeutic centre which offers a short-break support facility for children with cancer in Newcastle, Co Down.

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