Family of tragic Sheffield boy ‘blown away’ by response to funeral appeal

The family of a Sheffield boy who died aged just three have been ‘blown away’ by the response after appealing for help to give him the perfect send-off.

By Robert Cumber
Sunday, 17 February, 2019, 11:18

Kalel Pallett’s family lost their ‘beautiful little boy' on Wednesday, February 6, after he fell ill with a virus.

He was mad about fire engines, so they issued an emotional plea for help to get a fire engine to lead the funeral procession from their home in Arbourthorne to the Sharrow church where the service will be held on Wednesday, February 27.

Kalel Pallett

Their plight touched people’s hearts and they were inundated with messages of support.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) has now arranged to meet Kalel’s family after numerous people got in touch to ask if it could help.

In a statement, it said: “We can confirm that we're now in contact with the boy's family and will be meeting with them early next week to see how we can help, in what is clearly a really tough time for all involved.

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“Thank you to everyone who has helped bring it to our attention.”

Kalel’s grandmother Tarnall Hallam said: “I am so grateful for the response we have had over the weekend. People really do pull together when it matters the most.”

Kalel’s aunt Emma Douglas added: “As as family we are so incredibly grateful to SYFR, and to everyone who has commented, pleaded and joined us in our quest for a fire engine to lead the procession for my nephew. We're blown away by the support. Thank you so, so much!!!”

Making the heartbreaking appeal on Friday, Kalel’s mum, Chrissie Simpson-Greaves, had said: “I just want to give my baby the best. It’s the last thing we can physically do for him and we know sometimes things like this aren’t always possible, but we can at least try.”