Ladies & Gents,
I haven't compiled an update for some time now. Improvements in my brother are very gradual and are therefore best reported over longer periods so that progress can be better gauged.
Whilst the onset of Stu's physical deterioration in Thailand was very apparent and rapid his improvement since arriving in England is equally noticeable. There will be no quick fix for Stu, the injury to his brain is extensive and therefore the improvements we have seen are slight but encouragingly regular.
Recently there have been a number of developments which will improve Stu's chances of recovery, namely; the removal of the tracheostomy tube which was causing visible stress and discomfort and preventing his ability to swallow, the removal of the nasal feed tube which again was causing visible discomfort and finally the terrible bedsore on Stu's back caused by the inadequate medical care received in Thailand is now greatly improved.
From being close to death in Thailand I have seen some noticeable improvements in my brother. He now seems to be aware of movement and only in the last few weeks he has begun to track people across his room. Stu has shown movement in all four of his limbs, particularly in his arms and hands where he has surprised a number of people by gripping there hands forcefully. Stu has also recently shown the ability to swallow, cough, yawn and move his head.
Stu still requires a lengthy, expert assessment in order to gauge the extent of his brain injury and also the best treatment for that injury. This assessment is carried out in only a handful of hospitals in the country and therefore places are scarce. We are currently waiting for a place to become available for Stu where this assessment can be performed and which is close to family members.
While my brother continues to show improvement I will continue to provide the best possible support in order to facilitate his long road to recovery.
Ladies & Gents,
The 75 days of fund raising for my brother which started on 13 October 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. There are now 5 directors appointed to ensure that the money that you have donated is used in the way it was intended. This also gives an element of transparency which I'm sure you will agree is essential to safeguard such a large amount.
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 run out of superlatives to describe what you have achieved for my brother and also how grateful I am. Therefore in closing I will say only this, 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.
Ladies & Gents,
I went to see Stu yesterday and he is still very much the same, still fighting and still very much with us. I will keep you all updated regularly as to Stu’s progress by this means so please stay tuned in.
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?rsquo;s life.
Ladies & Gents,
I went to see Stu on Monday with my friends Kev Stanton and Herbie Hancock and on Wednesday with my sister Mary Doherty this week.
The improvement in Stu just over 3 weeks since he arrived in the UK is obvious. From hardly any response shown in Thailand he is now making eye contact with people that speak to him, moving his arms and head and squeezing people's hands.
In Thailand Stu had lost a huge amount of weight whereas now he is gradually regaining that weight and his general appearance is so much better.
This improvement is directly contributable to the excellent care that the doctor and nurses are providing at the hospital.
I can reveal to you now that Stu's drastic deterioration in Thailand would have continued, the medevac team told me that if the repatriation to the UK was not prosecuted at the time it was then Stu would have died within a week. The medevac was only possible due to your efforts, you have simply saved Stu's life.
Thank you all for your huge efforts so far and your continued support.
Ladies & Gents,
I am conscious that we have raised a huge amount of money in our fund raising effort for Stu, this is a huge responsibility and therefore the need to be completely transparent regarding the use of the money is crucial. The way I have decided to achieve this transparency is to invite four independent directors plus myself to have visibility and unlimited access to the fund accounts which I have kept, and will continue to keep.
The following people have kindly agreed to be directors of the 'Stu Kyffin Fund':
The Stu Kyffin Fund currently stands at £39 149.54 available cash which now sits in a separate fund account for ease of accountability and transparency. We have spent approximately £120 000 to date on medical expenses in Thailand and the medevac back to the UK
Our fund raising ends officially on 26th December however after this date if you wish to donate further for my brother's rehabilitation and subsequent care let me know through Facebook and I will tell you how to do so.
I will also keep the 'Support Our Stu' Facebook site open after 26th December as a focal point for future updates and messages. I would ask that you all continue to support the site as this has been and will continue to be a very important part of our campaign.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Ladies & Gents,
I've just spent 2 days visiting my brother and each time I see him it is very clear that he has improved.
There was very pronounced arm movements this time and when I spoke to Stu he immediately found and fixed my gaze and maintained it while I spoke.
The nurses on the ward have said that when Stu hears a familiar voice there is a completely different reaction as opposed to when they speak to him. I am convinced that Stu is trying to find a way back and that hearing familiar voices is crucial to his recovery.
I watched as the doctor made his daily assessment of Stu and at one point he carried out a test where he rubbed Stu's sternum to test for reaction to painful stimuli. Stu immediately moved his arm and grabbed the doctors hand, at the same time raising his head off the bed. The doctor looked very surprised but I wasn't, I told the doctor that it was lucky that Stu was in a coma as he would have knocked him out.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has visited Stu, please continue to visit whenever you can, your efforts will bring him back.
Thank you all for your continued and relentless support, your monumental efforts have secured the best possible future for Stu.
I will not back down from this fight, my brother deserves the best and I will continue to ensure he gets that.
'We Few, We Happy Few, We Band Of Brothers'.
Ladies & Gents,
A massive thanks to Andy Allen, Wayne & Jacquie Toon for visiting Stu yesterday, here are messages from Andy and Jacquie after their visit. Stu is blessed to have friends like you, thank you. Dave.
Just come out from seeing your bro mate, I cant help but admire the strength stu has he looks into your eyes when you talk to him and there is a strength in his face that you just know hes is fighting and determined hes going to coms out the other side a true inspiration, il continue to go up and see stu as much as i can. Lol it was as though he laughed when i told him Charlie Brown was doing a ten miles walk today for him as if to say we couldn't get Charlie to walk 100m when we were in lol, his eyes turned in to that mischievous lad i knew. Hes back with us mate.
Hello babes. Today was a very emotional day for us. When we walked in to Stu's room I did have tears in my eyes. The dent in his skull was worse than I wished it to be. Stu was asleep. Piggie and Wayne talked to Stu about the old times. Telling jokes and telling Stu they were going to kidnap him as he must be gagging for a beer. Things along that sort of subject. Stu woke up. He opened his eyes half way. His right eye more than his left. He was trying to focus on Wayne and Piggie. I was holding his left hand and stoking his arm and hand. He gently squeezed my hand twice and lightly opened his hand. When Piggie was talking about what everyone was up to for the Stu fund he seemed to focus stronger when some names were mentioned. He moved his right lower arm at least 7cm. His room was immaculate and the staff were very friendly. They let 3 of us in even though there is a restriction to only 2 visitors. Your Mum came in and was touched that we were there. We left then after wishing he and our Stu well, so we only stayed just under a hour. All my love babes. Jacquie.
Ladies & Gents,
I've just returned from a 2 day trip to Hull to visit my brother. Huge thanks to Ian & Sara Burtt who let me stay at their house and treated me like a king, happy 40th birthday Sara.
Stu is much improved since I last saw him over a week ago. His eyes this time were wide open and followed any movement in the room. When Ian or I spoke to Stu he immediately looked straight into our eyes and there was also occasional movement of his arms and legs.
The care he is receiving is very good, the nurses and doctors are very proactive and were never too busy to answer any questions or talk at length about Stu. I am very confident that he is receiving the best possible care and treatment.
Stu's rehabilitation and long road to recovery began in real time today with a regime of physiotherapy and neuro-assessment. The assessment will be carried out over a period of weeks and this will give a better indication of how the brain injury has effected Stu and also how is best to proceed with his rehabilitation.
The NHS is a fantastic organisation we largely take for granted but when this happens to one of your family you quickly realise how lucky you are. Our doctors and nurses are some of the best in the world and we should celebrate that.
Ladies & Gents,
Please read this message of support from The Mayor Of London, Boris Johnson in response to an approach made to him by my good friend Chris Headland. Great work mate and thank you for your support Boris Johnson.
MAYOR OF LONDON
Our ref: MGLA131113-1653
Date: 02 DEC 2013
Dear Mr Headland
Thank you for your email of 12 November about Stuart Kyffin, the former SAS and Royal Anglian Regiment serviceman. Perhaps I should start by saying well done, as I believe that by the time you get my response, both the SO mile stretcher race and 20 mile march would have been completed.
I was not aware of Stuart's serious accident, and my thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time. His dilemma is no doubt compounded by the fact that he is so far from home and loved ones.
I would like to commend your efforts on raising funds, and awareness of Stuart's plight, and hope that your sterling efforts will soon bear fruit.
I am happy to provide the following message of support:
l was particularly moved to hear of Stuart Kyffin's current predicament, and I would like to encourage all efforts to raise awareness of his situation, and the necessary monies for his medevac to the UK.
I would particularly like to salute those brave individuals who took part in the recent stretcher race in Helmand, Afghanistan, as well as the veterans of Royal Anglian Regiment who undertook an epic march in Northumberland. It is my hope that both these herculean acts of courage will encourage others to support this honourable campaign to ensure that Stuart is returned to these shores, and the bosom of his family, quickly.
Finally, I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of former Sergeant Chris Headland, of the Royal Anglian Regiment, who brought this matter to my attention, and commend all the work he is doing, alongside colleagues, on Stuart's behalf."
Mayor of London
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Ladies & Gents,
Stu was moved from Scunthorpe General to the Neuro-Rehabilitation unit at Hull Royal late last night. He is now in the best place to facilitate his recovery and he will remain there until we can find a suitable place for him closer to my family.
Stu remains strong and in a stable condition.
I want to continue to raise money to fund my brother's long road to recovery until Christmas day. After this time if there are any events planned or you want to donate to the fund this will be appreciated.
I thank you all for your continued and much needed support.
Message from Dave:
As you are all aware Stu arrived at Scunthorpe General Hospital late on Sunday night and he has shown remarkable signs of recovery already.
My sister and I saw Stu on Sunday night at which time he was still sedated, on Monday morning Stu opened and closed his eyes when we talked to him. Today Ian and Sara Burtt saw Stu, Ian held Stu's hand and told him to open his eyes which he did immediately for about a minute, he also squeezed Ian's hand hard, lifted his head off the bed and moved his other arm, this has amazed the doctors and nurses.
We are fighting hard for Stu but the hardest fight is being waged by my brother, he needs your continued support now more than ever as his journey to recovery begins, as long as he has breath in his body I will be there for him and I know you will also.
Thank you all.
Ladies & Gents,
My brother flew from Thailand into Doncaster Airport late tonight and is now safe in Scunthorpe General Hospital. I did not want to inform anyone of the plans because until the plane actually took off it was far from certain that the medevac would have been possible and so to prevent disappointment I took this decision.
Achieving this miraculous feat was only possible because of the unbelievable selfless sacrifice you have made for Stu. My brother was a brave soldier who proudly served his country, he would be proud to know that his country has acknowledged so fervently the sacrifices he made.
The company responsible for the medevac was Amvale, based in Scunthorpe. They carried out Stu's medevac without making a penny profit and indeed the medical team worked without pay because they believed so passionately in our cause. A massive thank you to the staff at Amvale particularly Pete Brown who dealt with all logistics, Dr Mathew Todd who coordinated all medical matters and Dr Moe Thant who was in charge of the medical team that carried out Stu’s repatriation. Without their tireless work and unbelievable dedication Stu would still be in Thailand and I would have been forced to place him into a hospital lacking the expertise to care for him properly.
A massive personal thanks also to Sara Burtt who works for Amvale. It was she who approached the company management team at Amvale, explained the situation and got them to agree to this. On behalf of me and my family Sara thank you, we will never forget this.
We have achieved so much in this short period of time but our fight for Stu must continue. The aim of our campaign is to medevac Stu and raise enough money to pay for his medical treatment and care both in Thailand and in the UK. We have against all odds achieved the medevac and our target of £100 000 was smashed today due to an anonymous donation of £50 000 for which I will be forever grateful. However I would ask that you continue the fight in order to facilitate my brother?rsquo;s long road to recovery. Please do not wane in your enthusiasm for our campaign; the amazing fundraising events that you have organised must still go ahead as they are as important now as they ever were. Your donations also remain crucial to our effort; please continue to contribute whatever amount you can afford as every penny will make a difference.
As I reflect now on our achievements so far one thing is very apparent to me. Any one of us could find ourselves in a position similar to Stu and it is comforting to know that if we did we could surely rely on the unflinching loyalty of our regimental brotherhood, the support of our armed forces family and of course the generosity of the great British public. We should all take pride in knowing that we are part of a nation that holds the virtues of loyalty, honour and self sacrifice in such high esteem.
Words cannot convey the personal debt of gratitude my family owes to each and every one of you that has supported us during this terrible time. It is a debt that is impossible to repay and we are honoured and privileged to have friends of your calibre.
Finally, our fight for Stu continues. He deserves our best and we must continue to give it no matter how hard the journey seems. Thank you for your overwhelming support which I know you will continue to give until our task is complete.
Yours with pride Dave Kyffin.
Update from Dave Kyffin:
Ladies & Gents,
Stu remains in a coma but is still strong, my dad held his hand today and Stu squeezed it, just another example of my brother's determination to pull through.
The fundraising events continue to gather pace. 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment 'The Poachers' in Afghanistan carried out their 50 mile march on 14 & 15 November, carrying my brother's body weight on a stretcher, an amazing commitment considering they are on an operational tour. Some of those taking part would have completed the march and on the same day would have been members of patrols fighting terrorists and protecting the local population.
The Poacher's Pennine March took place on Sunday 17 November starting in Allenheads and finishing in Hexham, a 20 mile route. 85 people arrived on the day to take part, an amazing number of people who travelled from far and wide to be there to raise money for my brother. I met some old friends, some of which I hadn't seen for over 20 years, a truly heart warming occasion. The march was organised by my old mate Anthony Johnson and his wife Ute, they planned the march for weeks beforehand and it is testament to their hard work that the march was such success.
On the same day as the Poacher's Pennine March, another old friend Mick Hagon organised a 54 Km (34 miles) march in Germany from Hohne to Celle and back to Hohne. Mick was joined by Graham Richards, Tracie Richards, their 3 young sons and Don Brown. This was a remarkable achievement for several reasons: the distance which they covered, the support they received along the way and the fact that Mick Hagon had to walk with crutches due to a bad hip (he won't thank me for saying this). This is a true example of selfless commitment for which I cannot commend Mick and the team highly enough, truly inspiring.
Both marches have already raised around £5000 with money still coming in. I want to take this opportunity to thank every single man, woman, child and dog that took part in these marches. The money we have raised will undoubtedly shorten the time required to get Stu back to the UK, fantastic effort from everyone.
Future events to raise money for Stu include 2 massive bike rides to be undertaken by Paul Rimmer and Kev Stanton, a charity rugby match and a triathlon in Germany. All the planned events can be found on our Facebook site 'Support Our Stu' if you haven't already seen this it is well worth a look. On the page you will also find photographs of previous events that have taken place with just as much effort put in to make them as successful as the few I have mentioned.
When I checked our donation site a while ago we were close to reaching £58 000 and we are well on target to reach our £100 000 target by Christmas. I have told you before that I will not rest until my brother is back in the UK receiving the best medical treatment and close to his family. My determination is absolute and judging by your efforts my determination is shared by you. Keep fighting and when you are almost done fight even harder, we are almost there, your efforts have made it so.
Thank you so much for your continued support my family and I take great strength from it.
Ladies and Gents,
The momentum is building now in our campaign for Stu but now is the time for us to re-focus our efforts and fight even harder to achieve our goal.
Our fund raising efforts have been nothing short of miraculous so far and I would ask you to continue these efforts until we have achieved our goal. To that end please continue to spread the word on social media in order to raise awareness, speak to people that you believe will be in a position to help and remind everyone you know about the youcaring site and our facebook page 'Support Our Stu'.
I will never be able to repay the kindness you have shown to me and my family and the support you have given to my brother.
Never stop fighting till the fight is done.
These are photos from the March for Stu in Afghanistan:
Update from Mary (Kyffin) Doherty ~ Stu's sister ~ 13th November 2013
There is no way of describing how it feels when a tragedy strikes
someone you love. When my brother had his accident we felt the anguish
and heartache but we also felt very alone and helpless due to the fact
he was so very far away. We knew we could not get him home on our own,
and so we asked for your help. Your support in helping us has been
absolutely overwhelming, and with your help we have our sights on
getting my brother home before Christmas. As I write this we are close
to £42,000 online donations and 916 people donated. To add to this
there are generous offline donations... truly magnificent.
Stu is an unbelievably strong person. Although the injuries he sustained are
severe he continues to fight. He remains in a coma, in a critical
condition, but this is far beyond what was expected. We will not stop
until he is home and receiving the best possible care with his family
Those of you who know Stu will know what an amazing
person he is. In our family he was always the quiet,calm reliable one.
He made people feel safe. And he has made a career out of these traits.
He is very much loved and hugely respected, and this is reflected in
the fantastic support and generosity we have received.
It has been a great source of comfort and strength to receive all the comments of
support from you all. We are so very grateful for the donations given
of all amounts and rest assured every penny you have given or raised
will be going in full to bring Stu home. For you wonderful human beings
who have given up your precious time with your families to arrange fund
raising events all around the country and overseas we are endebted to
you. From Raffles to sales and marches to runs you have gone above and
beyond and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I did pretty well when God was giving out big brothers. Dave, I wont say much except
you have done us so proud. And we wouldnt have got this far without you working so hard. Thankyou doesn't come close.
Please keep sharing and help us to raise this profile. Together we will get Stu,
our hero back home.
Message from Dave Kyffin 6th Nov 13
Ladies And Gents,
Stu is still very strong and continues to fight despite his terrible head injuries, he continues to breath unaided and is still watched over by his partner Jiraa, his daughter Kyraa and our dad Steve.
The fund raising effort continues to gather pace with a growing amount of off-line donations received daily, we have now reached nearly £33 000 on our donation site. This figure however does not include the very generous donations received from various associations and charitable organisations. We have now achieved one third of our target in just 25 days.
The fund raising events are now in full flow and they are making a dramatic impact, increasing the funds already raised. A massive thanks to all those who have sacrificed time with their families to organise and run these events.
My mission to get Stu back to the UK by Christmas where he can receive the best medical treatment and care, close to his family, is on target thanks to your monumental effort, generous donations and continued support.
I continue to be overawed by the magnificent support we have received, you are the rock on which our campaign is built. You have saved my brother's life, without you he would have already died in terrible conditions, you have also given my family hope when we thought there was none. This is a debt that is impossible to repay, you have done this with no expectation of reward or prize and for this reason I now truly understand the importance of friendship.
Those of you that know me will testify that I am not a person prone to sentiment however the words below are taken from Henry V written by William Shakespeare and sum up the way I feel better than my words ever could.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Message received via Email from Stu's Dad
During the last month at my sons' bedside our hearts have been uplifted by two very bright lights shining for us. The first being the huge fighting spirit of Stu against terrible injuries, the second being the magnificent support and generosity of all of you who have responded to our appeal, you're here during this most difficult of times. Stu is now breathing for himself but remains in a coma and in critical condition. Hopefully we can bring him home soon thanks to your kindness. My son Dave informs me that the fund has so far done extremely well and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. There is however still a long way to go and we ask you to continue to support Stu. He is our hero, a born soldier now fighting the toughest fight of his life. God bless each and every one of you.
Steve, Jah and all of the the Kyffin family.
MESSAGE FROM DAVE KYFFIN:
Ladies and Gents,
There is no change with Stu, he remains in a coma but he continues breathing unaided.
Our fund raising effort continues to gain momentum, we have now added off-line donations to the website and this has increased the total amount donated to nearly £29 000. I have also added below the amounts that various organisations and associations have donated, these amounts are in addition to those listed on the donation site. This is a staggering amount of money when you consider that our fundraising effort only began 17 days ago. We have also received more pledges which we will reach us in the near future and we will post these amounts once received.
SAS Regimental Association £10 000
Pilgrims Security £10 000
Pilgrim Bandits £5000
Tony Jones 1st BN Area Secretary £350 (donated by the congregation of the Royal Anglian Chapel, Warley)
Royal British Legion, Pattaya, Thailand 15 000 Thai Baht (approximately £300)
Family Friend, Koh Samui, Thailand 10 000 Thai Baht (approximately £200)
I am working hard on the medevac and my mission is to have Stu back by Christmas. I will not rest until I have achieved this but it would be an impossible task without your continued effort. Please carry on the fight for my brother you are all doing an amazing job and once again I thank you all for your relentless support.
I continue to be overawed by the amazing generosity of the British public especially now when times are so hard. Thank you also for the many messages of support which are the foundation for my determination to get my brother home.
Stu continues to breath unaided and was yesterday moved out of the Intensive Care Unit which is an indication of how confident the doctors feel about his improvement. I remember when Stu was in the latter stages of selection to join 22 SAS and he broke his leg badly. Within 6 weeks he was running on it and shortly after that was deployed on operations. You will never meet a more determined individual and if anyone can pull through this Stu can.
Please have a look at our Facebook page 'Support Our Stu' where you will now see most of the fund raising events advertised. All organisers of these events are making a huge effort and sacrificing precious time with their families to raise money for Stu, a massive thank you to you all. If your event is not advertised yet please send the details to Donna or me and we will sort this out. The more people that are aware of your event, the bigger the interest, the more money raised.
A phrase which has become popular during our campaign is 'Failure Is Not An Option'. I believe my old friend Paul Gallagher started using this, I think this phrase optimises the unflinching determination shown by everyone involved in the fight for Stu. There is a long way to go but I will not rest until my brother is getting the best medical treatment available here in the United Kingdom. Your amazing achievement so far is testament to the fierce loyalty of my Royal Anglian brothers, the loyalty of our wider armed forces brotherhood and the superb generosity of the British public.
We never leave a man behind.
Message from Dave Kyffin.
As I write this update we have received almost 600 donations totalling in excess of £19 000. This is an outstanding achievement even more so because we only started the donation site 9 days ago.
No change with Stu, he is still stable and breathing by himself. The doctors continue to be amazed by his strength and resilience, he's a tough old boy, as people who know him will testify.
Many people are organising events which we are advertising on our Facebook page 'Support Our Stu' in order to get maximum exposure. My old mate Anthony 'Johno' Johnson is in the process of organising a 20 mile march, the response to which has been amazing. My old battalion 2 Royal Anglian 'The Poachers' are also supporting the event and Johno tells me that the response so far has been fantastic. I'm a bit nervous about the old boys marching such a distance but there will be oxygen on stand by and a cup of tea provided half way round so they should be OK, Johno, I will of course try to attend this. If you can, please put your name down for this event.
Also on the fund raising front my eldest daughter Jade has spoken to local associations where she lives and they have donated £100, a very welcome addition to the fund, well done and thank you J.
If you are organising an event please contact Donna via the site with the details and we will advertise it.
Please keep the momentum going, I will not rest until Stu is back in the UK and your effort is making this happen.
MESSAGE FROM DAVE
My brother has made progress and today has started breathing without the aid of a ventilator. Great news indeed considering that the doctors thought it a miracle that he had even survived that horrific accident.
We are beginning to turn the corner in our fight to bring Stu back home, the funds raised so far have now exceeded £14 000 and rising every hour. The response to the call for donations has astounded me and I feel honoured to live in a country that supports it's armed forces past and present with such ferocity. This is testament also to the great sacrifice our servicemen and women make daily in the defence of our country and our way of life.
Public awareness for Stu's struggle is growing with high profile celebrities such as Ross Kemp, Bear Grylls, Mark Benton and Andy McNab lending their support. The Daily Mirror has also published articles telling Stu's story and this has brought to notice our campaign to get Stu home to a wider audience. Our Facebook site 'Save Our Stu' and our donation site is quickly gaining in popularity with thousands of people visiting every day and this is also helping to boost funds and awareness, the more people that know equals more donations received. Please continue to tell everyone you know.
I want to also bring to everyone's attention that members of 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment 'The Poachers' whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan are running a marathon carrying my brother's body weight on a stretcher. This is only one example of the many great events being organised with the sole purpose to raise funds for Stu's Medevac.
Stu is a fighter and always has been and so I know he would appreciate the fight you are waging on his behalf. Thank you to everyone for the donations but most of all thank you for the support you have shown for Stu, my bother and my best friend. Dave.
An added message to the costings page:
£300 donated by the RBL Thailand was collected at the bar after Comrades heard of Stu's accident. Respect to you all x
We are truly overwhelmed by the love, support and donations that are coming in for our Stu. As you are aware the total at present is in excess of £10,000 and from his family a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.
We have been so touched by your comments and they remain a great source of comfort to us. Every penny will bring our Stu one step closer to being home with his family.
I'm so proud of our family and the SAS & Poachers Family who are pulling together and working tirelessly, we will not stop until Stu is back here with us.
Thanks to Media and Social Networking our plight is being noticed. To our ever increasing extended family of friends we are humbled and forever grateful.
Message received from Mary (Kyffin) Doherty, bless you sis xxx
Ladies and Gents,
My apologies for the lack of updates, I have been extremely busy getting things sorted out for my brother in Thailand.
Stu remains critically ill but stable, he is still unconscious needs ventilation and I believe it is only his physical strength that has kept him alive so far. The doctors and nurses at the hospital are doing a great job caring for him around the clock.
The response from everyone has been nothing short of amazing. I am genuinely awestruck by the contributions both monetarily and practically. One person, no names mentioned has donated his whole months army pension, another has worked tirelessly contacting organisations and securing much needed funds for the ultimate repatriation of Stu back to the UK. No matter how big or how small the contribution you have made it will all help.
Also a big thanks to my Mrs Donna without who none of this would have been possible. she has worked behind the scenes contacting organisations, gripping people on the phone, visiting MP's and generally keeping me on the straight and narrow.
This is where we stand now:
The donations on the website have exceeded £7000 and considering we only went live 3 Days ago this is an outstanding achievement.
1. SAS Regimental Association £10 000
2. Pilgrims (the company which my brother works for) £10 000
3. Royal Anglian Association and Army Benevolent Fund £7100
4. Pilgrim Bandit £5000
5. My brother's ex-wife £5000
6. Anonymous £805
7. Royal British Legion in Thailand £300
1. Hospital Bills £25 500 approximately (£12 000 approximately paid by my family)
We still have a huge mountain to climb but we will get there I have no doubt. Your efforts so far are inspiring and from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my whole family I thank you.
Message received from Mary Doherty - Stu's little sister
A huge thankyou to everyone for your comments love and support. The response has been overwhelming and we thankyou all from the bottom of our hearts.
Pilgrimbandits for your fantastic contribution!
Thank you to all who are leaving comments, rest assured I see every single one of them and I am acting on the links and contacts given. I'm just not able to comment for some reason?
Please if you have commented with links could you also share to the Support Our Stu Facebook Page. Many Thanks, Donna x
We have been generously supported by:
The SAS Association
The Royal Anglians and The Army Benevolent fund (The Soldiers Fund)
We've reached over 5K!
Your generosity is astounding and proves how well respected our Stu is.
There is a Facebook Page set up www.facebook.com/Support.Our.Stu?ref=hl
Hoping to make a central POC for sharing links, ideas, contacts made. Anyone can post on the Page and if anyone is willing to be made an admin please contact me on the Page.
Thank you all so very much x
We have been generously supported by the SAS Association, The Royal Anglians and The Army Benevolent fund (The Soldiers Fund)
kimberley kyffin, jason irons and nathan irons.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
dad, every little helps. I know its not much again but we are praying and hoping for a miracle. you always said 'failure is not an option' and we will all keep trying with the hope of bringing you home to us :D I love you soo much xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxStu really needs to be here in the UK with us, his grandson baby Nathan needs to get to meet him.
We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support and donations given over the past few hours, this is truly a humbling experience. We thank everyone who has donated money and messages of support you really don't know how much this means. Dave.