Sunday 25 September 2016

Mourners saying final farewell to little Batman Ben asked to wear 'bright colours' to remember his love of fun

Sarah Slater

Published 19/08/2016 | 15:31

Batman Ben
Batman Ben

Mourners attending the funeral on Saturday of little Ben Farrell, who captured the nation’s heart with his smile, are being asked to wear bright colours to remember his love of fun.

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Ben ‘Batman’ Farrell, who loved superheroes, lost his brave battle against cancer on Wednesday.

Diagnosed with an aggressive IV Wilms tumour on Christmas Eve last, his parents Alan and Val took him to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan just four weeks ago, after doctors at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin said they could do no more for him.

In a hugely successful fundraising campaign to send Ben to the US, his family raised close to €260,000 with the help of the public.

In honour of Ben being a “ball of fun” his heartbroken parents are asking those who are attending his funeral to wear “bright colourful clothing” as he was always “full of smiles.”

They are also asking that people donate to the cancer charity, The Gavin Glynn Foundation, instead of flowers.

Ben with his mum Valerie
Ben with his mum Valerie

In his funeral announcement Ben is described as, “Ben Farrell, otherwise known as ‘Batman Ben’, the adored son and ‘Super Hero’ of Valerie and Alan and the inspiration to legions of volunteers, supporters and well-wishers, after a brave battle, passed at home nestled in the mantle of his family’s love and devoted care.

“Ben’s memory will be cherished forever by his heart broken parents,baby brother Jack, adoring grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins extended family, neighbours and many, friends.

“Night, Night, Sleep Tight, our little bundle of joy”.

Ben, who had the Dublin Senior Football team, Games of Thrones start Jonathan Rhys Meyers and singer Christy Dignam, as fans is reposing at his home in Lanesborough, Finglas until Saturday morning with removal to the military chapel of Church of the Sacred Heart in Arbour Hill, Dublin for 10.30am Funeral Mass.

He will then be cremated at Glasnevin Crematorium. The five-year-old will be forever remembered for his Ben’s TV on Youtube, showing children how to play with new toys, he received as gifts.

Brave little Ben meets Jonathan Rhys Myers on set
Brave little Ben meets Jonathan Rhys Myers on set

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