Page last updated at 15:25 GMT, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Funeral for leukaemia appeal boy

Joel Picker-Spence
Joel was too ill to have a bone marrow transplant

The funeral of a six-year-old boy who died after a battle with leukaemia has taken place in Nottinghamshire.

Joel Picker-Spence from Farndon died two months after a suitable bone marrow donor was found - he had become too ill for a transplant.

The match was found in September, but he died on 10 November.

His head teacher from Mount Primary School in Newark read a tribute to Joel and his classmates released balloons in his memory after the service.

His funeral was held at St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark at noon.

Joel's family brought Christmas forward and held a festive party for him complete with presents in October.

He was diagnosed with the condition more than three years ago and had been in remission.

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