Nearly 500 hundred well-wishers joined Alan Henning’s family for a multi-faith celebration of his life at the British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC). Mr Henning was killed by militants after he was captured in December 2013 while delivering food and supplies to Syrian refugees.
Mr Henning’s widow Barbara and children Adam and Lucy attended the service at the BMHC. The service was organised by friends and humanitarian aid colleagues of Mr Henning and it was entitled His Life and Legacy Remembered.
Attendees listened to warm tributes from Mr Henning’s friends, MPs and representatives from Greater Manchester’s Jewish, Islamic and Christian communities. A video tribute was played featuring several Syrian children who Mr Henning had helped, saying how much they missed “Uncle Gadget” – a reference to Mr Henning’s nickname.
Mr Henning’s friend Dr Shameela Zulfiqar, who had travelled to Syria with him, told the service: “All week as the tributes poured in, the words remarkable, selfless, compassionate and hero have become synonymous with Alan’s name. And people all over the world have been touched by this man with a heart of gold”
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