Residents have taken to the streets of Swanley to pay an emotional tribute to Henry Boswell.
Crowds have gathered around Henry Boswell’s home to pay respects to the teenager on his funeral on Thursday, July 29th.
Henry died at the age of 16 earlier this month following a battle with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.
Who was Henry Boswell?
Henry was a 16-year-old amateur boxer from Swanley.
The teenager got diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 15 and has battled with the illness until the end.
Henry underwent weeks of chemotherapy and had his leg and part of his hip removed in December last year.
In a Facebook post last December, Swanley Boxing Club wrote that they managed to raise funds for Henry and his family.
“Thanks to everyone’s generosity on the night and the great prizes that were kindly donated for the raffle ,we raised £2000 for the Henry Boswell care fund , which was to support young Henry a champion boxer of ours and a very brave young man who is fighting cancer at the moment,” the club wrote.
Henry Boswell’s funeral
Swanley residents gathered around Henry’s home to pay one last tribute to the aspiring boxer.
According to Kent Online, the funeral started from the teenager’s home in Moultain Hill in Swanley and continued through the town to St. Paul Church.
Henry’s funeral included a horse carriage and cars with flowers, while Swanley residents walked alongside to pay their respects.
The funeral also saw a flypast carrying an emotional tribute up in the sky: “There’s only one Henry Boswell”.
People pay tributes
People on social media and those who knew Henry have paid touching tributes to the late teenager.
In a Twitter post, one person wrote: “My heart goes out to the #Traveller community today on the funeral of Henry Boswell who lost his battle with cancer at only 15. I have to say that #Swanley looks beautiful with all the balloons, ribbons and banners all around town. How sad to lose a child of such an awful illness.”
Johnny Douglas, a vicar in Kent who led the burial service for Henry, said: “An immense send-off for a young life… It was humbling & a privilege to lead the thanksgiving & burial service for this much loved local lad…”