Motorbike escort joins last journey for popular Craig

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 27 December 2013 Updated: 30/12 12:46

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HUNDREDS of people turned out to mark the life of a popular fund-raiser who tragically died just three years after his sister.

A motorbike escort led the way to Craig Prentice’s funeral last Thursday (December 19) following his death the previous Tuesday after a cardiac arrest.

A eulogy read out at the funeral highlighted his sense of humour, how he always thought of others and the many friends he ‘thought the world of’.

The 17-year-old, who had campaigned as part of Redditch Heart Safe to get defibrillators installed in the borough’s schools after his sister Charlotte passed away in 2010, had followed in her footsteps by training for a career in catering, beginning a course at CSV and working part time at Muffin Break while using his spare time to bake cakes and try out recipes while also training in tae kwon do.

“He touched so many people’s lives with his caring and kind attitude and the sheer determination in his charity work, you can’t help but admire him and be inspired by all he stood for and everything he did. He was a truly amazing young man.

“Like the star that he was, he shone so brightly in all of your lives, illuminating those he loved with his freedom of spirit and his love of life.

“He has gone to shine even brighter now in another part of the universe, reunited with his beloved sister Charlotte but we know he’ll never leave our hearts and memories in darkness.”

Donations will used to buy a memorial bench named the ‘Hench Bench’ - which was Craig’s favourite word.

The family said the week had been ‘an emotional rollercoaster’, accepting a Pride of Redditch award in honour of their son and receiving a Student Of The Year and

honorary black belt from his TAGB tae kwon do club.

His parents Robert and Maggie Underwood said they wished to thank the hundreds of people who came to say their final goodbye to their 17-year-old son, “The support, prayers and kind words that everyone has shown us over the past week has been very much appreciated and we couldn’t have got through it all without you all.

“The thousands of tributes to Craig, not only from the UK but from around the world, have been phenomenal with such great memories which will be held in our hearts forever.

“Our hearts have been shattered and every time we try to rebuild them there are always two pieces missing. We will be taking a break but believe us we will be back and fighting harder in the memory of Charlotte who gave us the clue to this evil silent killer and for Craig who was failed badly. SADS will not destroy our family.”

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