COVENTRY Cathedral will host a memorial service for those wishing to ‘pay their respects’ to the two brothers, aged six and two, who tragically died following a hit and run collision last month.
Corey Platt-May, six, and his two-year-old brother Casper both died after being hit by a vehicle at the junction of MacDonald Road and Longfellow Road, Stoke, on February 22.
The Cathedral has scheduled the service for March 19, giving the city a final opportunity to grieve the loss of the young brothers.
It will start at 4pm and the service is open to the public.
The family issued a statement on Facebook: “Thank you for all the love and support.
“We are going to hold an open service at Coventry Cathedral for all whom wish to pay their respects as the funeral will be close friends and family only. With love, the Platt-May family.”
The reaction from the Coventry community has been emotional and widespread – with many offering condolences to the family.
While a JustGiving page raised over £25,000 for funeral costs with over 1500 people donating to the fund – £3,000 more than its latest target.
The mother of the boys released a heart-breaking tribute to both boys saying: “Corey was an amazing boy. He never kept still, always had to be doing something and coming up with new ideas of things to do.
“Casper was a cheeky little boy, always getting into trouble and driving his brothers crazy.
“But he was so loving and caring and constantly told his family how much he loved them.”
After the boys were struck by a black Ford Focus, they were taken to hospital with severe injuries. Their mother was unhurt.
Robert Brown, aged 53, of Attwood Crescent, and 41 year-old Gwendoline Harrison, of Triumph Close; both Wyken, appeared before Coventry Magistrates Court sitting at Warwick Justice Centre in Leamington on Saturday February 24. They were remanded in custody until a hearing at Warwick Crown Court on March 22.
They face two counts of causing death by dangerous driving while Brown also faces charges of driving while disqualified, with no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Harrison faces a further common assault allegation.