School remembers death of tragic pupil

Remember: A memorial service for seven-year-old Fortune Makungu at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Remember: A memorial service for seven-year-old Fortune Makungu at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
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Friends of a seven-year-old boy who died last year held a moving tribute service for him this week.

The anniversary of Fortune Makungu’s death is on February 25, and staff and pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School shared their memories of him at a memorial gathering on Friday.

The service was held in the school’s new sensory garden, and was attended by Fortune’s parents and Priest Fr. Peter Stanley.

The Y2 pupil, who died of a brain tumour, came to Chorley from the Congo, and more than 200 mourners attended his funeral at St Joseph’s Church last February.

It is understood he’d been off school leading up to his tragic death due to serious health problems, but it was still a shock to pupils and staff, including headteacher Kathy Blackledge.

On Friday, Fr. Peter blessed a tree and a bench bought in remembrance of Fortune, and each class planted a new plant in the garden.

Fortune’s classmates read out their memories of him, followed by the reading of a psalm and a poem by staff.

Everyone joined hands to sing “Let there be love shared among us” and the children let off six yellow balloons.

All the children and staff went to school in bright clothes and the money raised by the non-uniform day will be donated to the Manchester Children’s Hospital, where Fortune spent his last few weeks.