A campaign to help pay for the funeral of a Lichfield schoolboy has raised more than £12,000.

The family of 14-year-old Solomon Morris opened an online fundraising page after his death on 16th November.

The Friary School pupil’s family wrote that they had hoped to raise £5,000 to help “give our angel a proper funeral”.

But the target has now been surpassed as donations flooded in from friends and members of the public.

The family said any money raised beyond the funeral costs would be donated to a charity specialising in mental health issues for children.

“The youngest son of the family, Solly, tragically took his own life after having battled an extended period of with deteriorating mental health,” the family said.

“Solly was taken too soon due to an accumulation of reasons that are, as of yet, pretty much unknown to all of us.

“It goes without saying that the devastation and grief has stricken our family and it is currently extremely difficult to comprehend how we can carry on living our normal lives.

“We want nothing more than to give him the amazing send off he deserves.

“Solly was a bright, cheeky, talented young man who will unfortunately never realise how many lives he touched in his short time here.

“Any money raised that is not used to contribute towards the funeral will be donated to a children’s mental health charity.

“We want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support we have received.”

“Missed terribly by students and staff”

Many of the donations were received from friends of the youngster.

Matt Allman, headteacher at The Friary School, said the news had hit the community hard.

“This is desperately sad news and our thoughts are very much with Solomon’s family at this time,” he said.

“The family is a special one in our school and Solomon’s death has affected us all profoundly.

“He will be missed terribly by both students and staff.”

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