MORE than 100 people gathered today to pay their final respects to a 26-year-old who lost his life following a battle with cancer.
This morning, friends and family of Charles Hickman said goodbye to the Cineworld supervisor as Reverend Philip Jefferies led the service at Bretby Crematorium.
Doctor Who fan, Charles, entered the chapel in a blue coffin which carried a replica Tardis to ‘I am The Doctor’ - a theme of the popular sci fi programme.
Talking of his career path, Rev Jefferies told the congregation: “He did media studies at college. When you think about Charles, what else would he have done?
“He was mad about films and it was working at the cinema that he was in his element. He loved the job and loved the people and everyone there loved him.
“He was a supervisor at Cineworld which meant he could run around a lot. You could hear him before you could see him.
“He was so full of life, so full of enthusiasm. He lit up a room when he walked in and cheered everyone up.
“He also liked being with his friends who he called ‘The Lads’ or ‘Brothers from Another Mother.’”
The former John Taylor pupil was also passionate about Alton Towers, and after his cancer diagnosis, his chemotherapy nurse put his name forward to The Willow Foundation Charity and he chose to go to the theme park.
A message from one of the many cards sent to his family, was read out: “Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It is not time that matters, it is the person.”
Mourners were also treated to music of Man of Steel by Hans Zimmerman and Call on Me by Eric Prydz.
Charles had been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for more than a year before he died on Monday, April 28.
Since then, more than £1,000 was donated to Macmillan after friends set up a fund-raising page. A second one, raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, has been set up and is available by visiting www.justgiving.com/Charles-Hickman-LLR