As lots of lined the streets on Saturday to mourn legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, greater than 50 company in want sat right down to a meal served in his title, it has emerged.
The Hawking household donated cash to offer an Easter weekend meal for the hungry and lonely within the metropolis of Cambridge, U.Ok.
The occasion was described as a “gift from Stephen.”
Alex Collis from FoodCycle advised the BBC that the Hawking household’s gesture helped the charity present meals and decorations for the meal. “They wanted to do something to support people going through a tough time,” she mentioned. “It was a really lovely gesture…. and very kind of them to think of FoodCycle.”
Guests cheered the late professor earlier than having fun with the Easter treats, she mentioned.
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FoodCycle prepares meals each week at a church within the metropolis middle, utilizing recent meals that might in any other case be thrown away.
Hawking’s funeral came about on the identical day at close by Great St Mary’s Church. Hawking died on March 14 on the age of 76. Numerous well-known faces attended the funeral, together with actor Eddie Redmayne—who performed Hawking within the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything—and fellow tutorial Sir Martin Rees.
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The Hawking household “wanted to do something that supported the local community on the day of his funeral,” a put up on the charity’s Instagram web page learn.
FoodCycle has been “overwhelmed” by the “amazing response” to the Easter meal, the charity said.
Hawking’s ashes are to be buried at Westminster Abbey later this yr, close to the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The burial will happen throughout a service of thanksgiving for the late professor.
“It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists,” John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, mentioned in a press release.