09:27 Monday 30 December 2013

£120k final total of Stu fund-raiser

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

THE family of an ex-SAS soldier left in a coma following a motorcycle accident have reached their final fund-raising total.

When Stu Kyffin’s family first launched their online appeal back in October to raise the funds to bring Stu home via Medevac, they ‘could not have anticipated’ the level of support they were to receive.

Supporters around the country raised £120,676 in their fund-raising efforts to transport Stu Kyffin back to the UK, when following his tragic accident he was left on life support in a Thai hospital.

The family wish to thank everyone for their on-going support and ‘selfless’ donations towards the cause.

Dave Kyffin, brother of Stu said: “I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone that has supported Stu a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2014.

“2013 has been by any standards an extremely sad year for my family but we have drawn tremendous strength from your support.

“You have given us a Christmas present that no money could buy, my brother’s life.

“The 75 days of fund raising for my brother which started on October 13 is now officially over.

“We have raised £120,676 smashing the £100,000 target and allowing Stu to return back to the UK much sooner than expected.

“In addition to this, donations from regimental associations, other organisations and individuals in Thailand has elevated the total to an amount in excess of £160,000.

“There remains a sum in excess of £40,000 in the fund which will be used for Stu’s needs in the future and there are now five directors appointed to manage the donations.

“This site will remain open and I will continue to post updates on Stu’s progress so please continue to follow and support us.

“I have seen some remarkable things since Stu had his accident but the most remarkable is your selfless sacrifice.

“Thank you, this has been a humbling experience.”

Jiraa Sansing, Stu Kyffin’s partner who lives in Thailand said: “Thank you to everyone who supported Stu and saved his life, for his little one Kyraa and her big brother and sister in the UK, their father is still alive because of all the donations.

“We want to pass on all our best wishes and thanks for everyone’s kindness and wish them a happy new year 2014 and God bless.”

Those wishing to follow the updates on Stu’s condition should like Support Our Stu on Facebook.

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