Lights in memory of pupils

FAMILIES have decked out their homes with stunning Christmas lights to raise money in memory of a six-year-old Billingshurst boy who died on Christmas morning, and a teenage Cranleigh student who died in a tragic road crash in May.

Henry Barnfield, a primary pupil at Pennthorpe School, Rudgwick, died last year after a long and brave battle with a brain tumour.

Rudgwick residents have been decorating their homes with lights this month, and they are set to hand donations from their collection boxes to the Henry Barnfield Fund, a charity set up under the national umbrella group the Samantha Dickson Research Trust to finance research and raise awareness for the cruel condition that took Henry.

Henry's mum Shirley Barnfield, from Billingshurst, said: "We are obviously delighted that people are making a superb effort to help out with the fund.

"Any and all help to raise money is very welcome.

The Christmas lights adorning seven Rudgwick homes will be switched on during a big charity procession on Saturday December 2 at 6pm, starting in Pathfield, and finishing in Furze Road.

Money from the light displays will also go to the Harry Watts Challenge, a fund set up in memory of the popular 16 year old Glebelands School student who died in an accident in Ellens Green on May 22.

For more information about the Henry Barnfield Fund got to the websites and

Full report in the County Times.