Archie Battersbee's family lay the 12-year-old to rest in Prittlewell

Archie Battersbee is laid to rest: Funeral is played video of the 12-year-old singing as friends pay tribute to the schoolboy ‘who always had a smile on his face’ – after his life support was switched off when he suffered brain damage in TikTok

  • Archie’s family and friends are gathering inside St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell, Southend, for  funeral today
  • The youngster suffered brain damage in April after an incident at his home and he was put on life support 
  • Doctors stopped treatment in early August after parents, Hollie and Paul, failed to overturn judge’s ruling

Archie Battersbee’s family are laying him to rest today after losing their battle to continue his life support – with a video of the 12-year-old singing in the school choir played to the congregation and friends remembering how he ‘always had a smile on his face’. 

Archie’s glittery silver coffin arrived at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell, Southend, flanked by dozens of members of his family, all wearing purple ribbons and other purple items, while a video was played of Archie singing before a church choir took over. The song ‘One Sweet Day’ by Mariah Carey was sung. 

During the service, a representative of Southend Gymnastics Club – which Archie went to – recalled the first time she met him as a toddler with his ‘gorgeous eyes and bright blonde hair’ and ‘the cheekiest smile I have ever seen’

She said he showed ‘all of the courage, bravery and determination that he had shown in the past few months’ and that he ‘always had a smile on his face’.  

A High Court judge ruled in July that doctors could lawfully stop providing life-support treatment to the youngster, who suffered brain damage in April after a suspected TikTok challenge at his home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Doctors stopped treatment in early August after Archie’s mother, Hollie Dance, and father, Paul Battersbee, failed in bids to overturn Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling. 

The coffin of Archie Battersbee is brought into St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, ahead of his funeral today

Archie’s mother, Hollie Dance, and other members of his family all wore purple ribbons with the words ‘Archie’s Army’ written on them  

 Ms Dance (middle) arriving at her son Archie’s funeral today along with other members of the youngster’s family 

The Christian Legal Centre, a campaign group which has supported the family, said Reverend Paul Mackay will oversee a service featuring music and poetry

The 12-year-old who was at the centre of a life-support treatment fight during the summer, died on August 6

Hollie Dance addressing the congregation during her son’s funeral at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell this afternoon 

During the service, a representative of Southend Gymnastics Club – which Archie went to – recalled the first time she met him as a toddler with his ‘gorgeous eyes and bright blonde hair’ and ‘the cheekiest smile I have ever seen

Judges were told Ms Dance found Archie unconscious with a ligature over his head on April 7. She thinks he may have been taking part in an online challenge. The youngster did not regain consciousness.

Doctors treating Archie at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, thought he was brain-stem dead and said continued life-support treatment was not in his best interests.

Bosses at Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, asked a High Court judge to make decisions on what medical moves were in Archie’s best interests.

Mrs Justice Arbuthnot initially considered the case and concluded that Archie was dead.

But Court of Appeal judges upheld a challenge, by Archie’s parents, against Mrs Justice Arbuthnot’s ruling and said evidence should be reviewed by a different High Court judge.

The media are attending Archie’s funeral at the permission of Archie’s family. Pictured is the scene inside St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell 

St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell, where Archie’s funeral is taking place, dates back to the 7th-century when a small Anglo-Saxon chapel was built on the site 

Ms Dance following today’s service, which the media was allowed to attend with the family’s permission 

Family members wearing purple ribbons make there way through the churchyard behind Archie’s silver coffin 

Archie’s glittery silver coffin is carried by undertakers out of St Mary’s Church following his funeral this afternoon 

The coffin is taken from St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex after his funeral

During the service, a representative of Southend Gymnastics Club – which Archie went to – recalled the first time she met him as a toddler with his ‘gorgeous eyes and bright blonde hair’ and ‘the cheekiest smile I have ever seen’

Ms Dance, Archie’s mother,(middle) watches on as her son’s coffin in taken away on a horse-drawn hearse following his funeral 

Mr Justice Hayden then ruled, after a further hearing, that ending treatment would be in Archie’s best interests.

Ms Dance is preparing to discuss the implications of Archie case with a health minister.

She wrote to Steve Barclay, who was health secretary when Archie died, asking if she and her MP Anna Firth could meet for talks.

Mr Barclay, who is no longer health secretary, replied to say a minister would discuss Archie’s case.

The Christian Legal Centre said no date had yet been fixed for a meeting.

Ms Dance is preparing to discuss the implications of Archie case with a health minister, the Christian Legal Centre said 

The grieving mother wrote to Steve Barclay, who was health secretary when Archie died, asking if she and her MP Anna Firth could meet for talks

The huge number of mourners at Archie’s funeral today meant there were not enough copies of the order of service to go round  

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