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Death of four-year-old West Minster Primary School nursery pupil, leaves his family heartbroken


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A heartbroken mum has spoken of her pain after her dinosaur loving four-year-old son never came home after going into hospital feeling unwell.

West Minster Primary School nursery pupil Harry Broughton, from Shore Close, Sheerness, passed away suddenly after falling ill over the Easter holidays.

Harry Broughton, 4, from Shore Close, Sheerness, passed away on April 21
Harry Broughton, 4, from Shore Close, Sheerness, passed away on April 21

The cause of his death is yet to be determined.

His mother, 37-year-old Nicola Broughton, said: “Our beautiful four-year-old boy grew his angel wings on April 21.

“He went to hospital with sickness and a high temperature and never came home.

“Harry was a very happy active boy and was very friendly with everyone he met.

“He has a passion for dinosaurs and loved to play outside.”

Harry was a pupil at West Minster Primary School nursery, in Sheerness
Harry was a pupil at West Minster Primary School nursery, in Sheerness

Harry’s nursery, known as Buttercups, said it would be working with his family to remember and celebrate the youngster’s life.

A spokesman said: “Harry was the nursery’s little ray of sunshine.

“He had an amazing laugh and a good sense of humour and always enjoyed a good chat with friends and adults.

“If you ever asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up he’d proudly say ‘I am going to be a dad and a policeman.’

“He was kind and caring and would have made an excellent policeman.

The letter published by West Minster Primary School following Harry Broughton's death
The letter published by West Minster Primary School following Harry Broughton's death

“If any of his friends were sad, he would be the first to give them a cuddle. He loved cuddles.”

Harry leaves behind his mum Nicola, his delivery driver dad Robert, 38, and his brothers and sisters Rubie, William, Lillie and Evie-Mae.

They are making a memorial for him in their garden.

Nicola added: “We as a family are truly and utterly gutted as he was taken way too soon.”

Harry’s funeral will be taking place on Tuesday, May 24, at 1pm at the Garden of England crematorium in Bobbing, near Sittingbourne.

A wake will follow at the Rose and Crown pub in Leysdown.

The family have asked for all flowers to go to Palliser Platt and Sons, or for donations to be made to to Great Ormond Street Hospital or the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Nicola finished: “Everyone is welcome. All we ask is if people could wear something with dinosaurs on or something blue, these were his favourite things.”

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