Talented teen’s music played at his funeral in Meldreth

PUBLISHED: 12:26 26 February 2015

Edward Mallen's coffin is carried from the church

Edward Mallen's coffin is carried from the church

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More than 300 people paid their respects on Friday at the funeral of a Meldreth teenager who died in a rail track tragedy.

Edward Mallen was tragically hit by a trainEdward Mallen was tragically hit by a train

In a bittersweet reminder of his talents, a recording of piano music played by 18-year-old Edward Mallen accompanied his own memorial service at Holy Trinity Church in Meldreth.

Dad Steve said: “It was a very emotional and atmospheric occasion.

“Three of Edward’s friends – Luke and Josh Hebditch, together with Andrew Leslie – spent 48 hours installing a sound system in the church to play his music as a tribute. Edward was so talented, but incredibly humble.

“He used to do school productions with those lads. Edward was particularly fond of classical music, which was an appropriate fit for a funeral.”

A floral tribute laid outside the church in Meldreth for Edward Mallen's funeralA floral tribute laid outside the church in Meldreth for Edward Mallen's funeral

Steve and Edward’s mother Suzanne both paid tribute to their 18–year–old son – who had earned a place at Cambridge University – at the ceremony led by Rev Shamus Williams.

Most of the teachers from Edward’s schools attended, as well as around 100 of his friends and colleagues.

Edward suffered from depression, which came on very quickly and consumed him over a period of around a six to eight weeks before his death.

The family are researching how to raise awareness of mental illness among young people, in the hope of sparing other families the heartache they have suffered. Steve said: “We are researching what campaign to get behind in the way that Edward would have, strategically and thoroughly.

“It won’t bring Edward back, but if we can spare other families the pain and suffering we have gone through, it will be worth it. We will do all we can.”

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  • This is yet another Tragic story of a young life lost, and a family left suffering. I think there is a lot of press right now about how to raise awareness of mental illness among young people. As a person centred counsellor myself, I feel we need to be doing more to make sure that there is immediate counselling available to those that need it, they should not have to be sitting on waiting lists for months on ends, it also needs to be accessible financially. With waiting lists at breaking point and the average private counselling session averaging around £50 per hour, counselling is far from accessible. As a fully trainer counsellor I am frustrated, I trained in order to help people, I don't want to make loads of money, job satisfaction is much more important to me. Personally I think youngsters have many more life pressures to deal with these days. As a society we are recognising that mental illness is an issue, but what we are not looking at is what accessible and immediate services we can provide for those suffering. I am currently trying to set up exactly this in Melbourn and the surrounding villages right now as a starting point.

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    Sara DArcy

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

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