TV star Linda Robson pays tribute to Henry Hicks and family

PUBLISHED: 15:10 26 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 26 February 2015

TV star Linda Robson says she was

TV star Linda Robson says she was "devastated" by the death of 18-year-old Henry. Picture by Ian West/PA

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Birds of a Feather actress says tragic teen was “lovely boy who was never in any trouble”

Family photos in the book handed out to mourners at Henry Hicks' funeralFamily photos in the book handed out to mourners at Henry Hicks' funeral

Actress Linda Robson has praised the family of Henry Hicks as she was announced as trustee of a charity set up in the teenager’s honour.

Ms Robson, a lifelong Islington resident most famous for her role in popular sit-com Birds of a Feather, said she was “devastated” by the death of 18-year-old Henry – who grew up alongside her own children.

Henry, who would have turned 19 earlier this month, was being followed by police when his black Vespa scooter hit a parked car in Wheelwright Street, near the junction of Roman Way, Holloway, sending him into the path of an oncoming Saab.

Since his death Henry’s family have secured 8,300 signatures to speed up an IPCC investigation which has so far seen four police officers served with gross misconduct notices.

Henry Hicks' coffin is carried in to The Holy Redeemer Church in Exmouth MarketHenry Hicks' coffin is carried in to The Holy Redeemer Church in Exmouth Market

Thousands of mourners turned out for the popular teenager’s funeral at The Holy Redeemer Church in Exmouth Market two weeks ago.

Ms Robson, 56, said: “I’ve been friends with the family for over 20 years and we were obviously devastated by the news.

“My kids grew up with Henry and he was a lovely boy. He had no convictions and he had never been in any trouble.

“None of us can believe it really, it’s so distressing spending time with the family trying to keep them distracted.

Floral tributes to Henry HicksFloral tributes to Henry Hicks

“Dione [Henry’s mother] herself hasn’t left the house other than for the funeral, she’s finding it very hard.”

Ms Robson, who has a regular spot on popular daytime TV show Loose Women, is now the trustee of the Henry Hicks Foundation, which has been set up by Henry’s loved ones to help other families who have lost their children.

The charity, which launched its website yesterday, will sell merchandise such as the “Justice for Henry Hicks” badges that were worn by mourners at Henry’s funeral earlier this month and a recording of Henry the Brave – a song written and recorded by a friend in the teenager’s honour.

“I am so proud to have been asked to be the Trustee for the Henry Hicks Foundation, said Ms Robson.

“Through all their grief the family were lucky enough to have money to give Henry a lovely send off which is the last thing you can do for your child when they die.

“Other families are not so lucky.”

The actress also reserved special praise for Henry’s older sister Claudia, 23, who is chair of the charity and has lead the way in campaigning following her brothers death.

“She’s been very strong and inspiring in setting up the foundation and the Justice for Henry petition.” said Ms Robson.

“I know in my heart that Henry would be as proud of his family as we all are.”

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