'The most selfless and thoughtful son': 'Devastated' family pays tribute to teen who died in his sleep

The family of a student who died aged 17 have paid tribute to him, describing him as a 'caring, selfless and thoughtful' young man.

Farley Kidner
Farley Kidner

Farley Kidner, from Wednesfield, died suddlenly last week in his sleep.

Farley was a student at Coppice Performing Arts School, in Wednesfield, and left the school in August 2020 to continue his studies at Walsall Academy.

His younger brother, Riley, will also start his studies at Coppice in September 2021. A fundraising page has been set up to support Riley throughout his studies.

Farley had ambitions of joining the RAF fire service, speaking about her son's goals Leanne East-Paddock, said: "He had so many dreams and goals, which I’m certain he would have fulfilled each one.

"He was focussed on passing his driving test and then joining the RAF Fire service.

"He had passed his driving theory test four days prior and everything was going to plan."

Farley’s father, Dan Kidner, added: “He was not only my son, but my best friend.

“Me, his step-mum Victoria, brother Jamie and sister Sofia all love him dearly.

"We all miss him so, so much."

Balloons are released in Farley's memory

Farley's death has shaken his family and the local community.

Leanne added: "We as a family are devastated and cant put in to words the hurt and pain we are feeling, Farley was the most caring, selfless and thoughtful son you could wish for.

"Our lives will never ever be the same."

Tributes to Farley Kidner at Coppice Performing Arts School in Wednesfield

Tributes have been pouring in for the 17-year-old, with one of Farley's friends, Jacob Ojelay, setting up a fundraiser on Sunday following the tragedy.

So far, £12,713 has been raised by more than 400 people.

Leanne said: "Farley brought the laughter and joy into the home, he would be amazed and so proud of everyone coming together.

"The tributes, fundraising and donations all prove what a special person he was.

"I would like to thank each and everyone of you.

"Farley would want to put something back into the community and leave a lasting legacy and this is what we will do for him."

Friends of Farley have been leaving floral tributes, photographs and handwritten messages outside of Coppice Performing Arts School since last week, with more and more being placed each day.

Tributes to Farley Kidner at Coppice Performing Arts School in Wednesfield

On Tuesday afternoon, students organised a balloon release in honour of Farley to pay tribute to his life.

Farley's family, friends, former students, teachers and current pupils at the school gathered outside in the school's grounds to remember his life.

Tears were shed as mourners gathered in a circle, each holding a blue or white balloon – some had written personal messages to also be released.

Claire Gilbert, headteacher, paid tribute to Farley. She said: "This has come from the young people.

"The devastation of the news that we heard last week losing one of the Coppice family, our dear friend Farley shocked us terribly.

Tributes to Farley Kidner at Coppice Performing Arts School in Wednesfield

"The floral tributes are just one element of the outpouring of love and absolute focus for him.

"He was a bright, wonderful young man taken far too soon, an absolute credit to our school and to his family and I know there are no words to explain how you feel.

"This is just to say, Farley you are much loved. I am sure you know that, we love you and we miss you."

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