Dab campaign to remember boy who died in his sleep goes global


first_imgHe says the support for Daniel’s family has been “phenomenal”, adding: “It has overwhelmed us all.” Hundreds of people took part in a mass dab for six-year-old Daniel Harris who died just before Christmas https://t.co/K9dhVhX1u0 #dab4Daniel pic.twitter.com/4K9zGzMvRB— BBC Radio Nottingham (@BBCNottingham) January 1, 2018 #dab4Daniel Newark Flowserve Brazil U9 @NFFC thank you! pic.twitter.com/2rwmdNCetT— Rob Thain (@RobThain) December 30, 2017 Around 700 family and friends attended the ‘mass dab’ for the schoolboy at a park in the village of Fernwood, in Newark, yesterday, while others around the globe have also joined in.  Dabbing, which has its origins in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, involves a person turning their head to the side and putting their inner elbow up to cover their nose and mouth as if they are sneezing.Iain Moulds, a family friend, remembers Daniel as a “lovely boy who was always smiling”, describing him as someone who was “very popular amongst his school and footballing friends”. “We’ve had immense support from our local community and town in general.  However with the power of social media we have had dabs posted from all over Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the US and mainland Europe,” he says.“We’ve had ex-footballer John Barnes, boxer Kell Brook, our local MP Robert Jenrick, Jay McGuiness from The Wanted , Nottingham Forest FC, Lincoln City FC, Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey and various emergency services from all over the world.”   Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and pundits Alan Shearer, Jamie Carragher and Paul Merson have also all shared tweets paying tribute to the football-mad boy.His mother, Katrina Thompson, said she was “overwhelmed” by the phenomenal support shown to her family.“I have so many people to thank but cannot name everyone. Today was a truly phenomenal turnout and we’re overwhelmed by everyone’s support,” she wrote in a Facebook post.“Some people have travelled miles to be here. I couldn’t thank everyone personally but I am so amazed by all of you. You’ve made the day perfect.” Friends and family of a young boy who died before Christmas have taken part in a ‘mass dab’ in his honour following the success of a celebrity-backed social media campaign.  Thousands across the UK and beyond have joined in to #dab4Daniel in memory of six-year-old Daniel Harris, from Nottinghamshire, who died unexpectedly in his sleep on 23 December. He set up the #dab4Daniel Facebook page on Christmas Day as a way for his friends and the local community to do “something positive for his mum and dad”, and it has since taken off globally.“Daniel was always dabbing!” the 40-year-old told The Telegraph. “It was his thing and so I thought it might just raise a smile for the family and give people a chance to express their sorrow positively in a way that would also bring some comfort.” Hundreds have come out in #Fernwood near #Newark to remember 6yo Daniel Harris by doing a #Dab4Daniel. He died suddenly two days before Christmas #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/8aSpZLWNg1— CapitalEastMids News (@CapitalEMNews) January 1, 2018 Helen Auld, who does not know the family personally, also set up a Just Giving page to raise donations for the family.“We have been inundated with ideas and offers from people and organisations all over the UK who want to help us have a memorial event,” adds Mr Moulds. “So this will be considered at the appropriate time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Heidi Browning, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic event, very emotional, but a perfect tribute for a gorgeous little boy.”last_img

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