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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2005, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Funeral for railings death youth
Lewis John Read
Lewis Read died after surgery
The funeral of a 12-year-old boy who died after falling onto railings is to be a "celebration of his life", his parents have announced.

Lewis Read, 12, from Rotherham, was collecting conkers when he fell on to the railings at Woodsetts.

He was cut free by firefighters and taken to hospital by air ambulance, but died after surgery at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.

Lewis' funeral will be held on Tuesday at St George's Church, Woodsetts.

Woodsetts junior and infant school and Dinnington Comprehensive, where Lewis was a pupil, will close at lunchtime to allow friends to attend the service, followed by burial in the churchyard.

Animal sanctuary

His family described him as "caring and compassionate".

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.

The youngster had been with friends when he fell on to the fence at a cricket ground in Gildlingwells Road on Wednesday.

South Yorkshire Police have begun an inquiry into the accident.

Donations in memory of Lewis are to be made to Thornberry animal sanctuary or the Yorkshire Air ambulance.

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