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Tomasz and Ratree Lisiecki from Denton need to raise £9k to formally adopt their niece Pichamon, 13, who is orphaned and living in Thailand
A desperate couple are appealing for help to raise £9,000 to take their orphaned niece from Thailand to the UK.
Tomasz and Ratree Lisiecki want to adopt 13-year-old Pichamon Chimploy so she can leave Thailand and move to their home in Tameside UK. But they face a raft of bills to formally adopt the youngster.
They decided the best place for the grieving teenager would be with her closest relatives – her auntie, uncle and cousins Anan, nine, and Paulina, seven, in Denton.
But Thai law prevents people taking orphans out of the country even for a short visit to see relatives and she has to remain in Bangkok with an elderly relative until she’s formally adopted.
Tomasz, 31, said: “Even though it’s a family adoption it’s still classed as an inter-country adoption and we have to pay for everything. We have to go through the whole process here before we can start it in Thailand.
“After everything is sorted here we need to then go to Thailand three times to complete the legal process there.
“She’s saying she doesn’t have anyone there anymore. She says whenever she goes out she sees her dad everywhere – she wants to come with us and start again and have a teenage life.”
Although the couple both work, as they have two children and are paying for Pichamon’s living and education costs in Thailand, they are struggling to save the money themselves.
Tomasz, a manager with Morrison’s, added: “I don’t see any problem with us becoming adoptive parents – both of us work and have never claimed anything from the government. At the moment, the one thing that’s stopping us is the money.”
To boost the funds, Tomasz and Ratree, 43, have organised a Thai-themed fundraising evening on February 28, from 7pm St John Fisher church hall in Haughton Green.
Tickets cost £5 or £10 for a family (two adults, two children). Tickets are available from St Mary’s and St John Fisher churches or online at stores.ebay.co.uk/pichamon-fund.