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Appeal to fly man brain damaged in a Samui motorcycle crash home to the UK

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A man is trying to raise £100,000 to fly his brother home after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Samui

David Kyffin has launched a public appeal to raise the money to bring home his brother Stewart, a former soldier with the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment and the SAS.
Stewart, originally from Markfield, suffered severe head and brain injuries in the accident on October 4, and is in a coma.

David, 45, who also served with the 2nd Royal Anglians, which recruits heavily from Leicestershire, and partner Donna Robinson have set up an online appeal.

David, who now lives in Wales, said on the appeal website: “Our aim is to raise funds to pay for continued medical treatment for our brother Stu with the ultimate goal of Medevac [medical evacuation] from Thailand to the UK.”

Stewart, who served with the 2nd Royal Anglians at the same time as David and who spent 10 years with the SAS, had been living on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand with his girlfriend, Jiraa, and their three-year-old daughter, Kyraa.

He also has a son and daughter and grandson living in the UK.

David said: “We know the extent of the brain damage is massive and Stu will require 24-hour care for life.

“Our family is humbled by the tremendous love and support expressed towards Stu and we find strength in all your continued love, thoughts and prayers.

Stu 3“We still do not know the extent of the medical expenses involved, they are escalating daily.

“We have already paid fees in excess of £20,000 and are looking to medevac Stu to the UK as quickly as we can.

“Any contribution made to this site, or to our family directly, is greatly appreciated.”

Andy Allen, a former soldier with the 2nd Royal Anglians, served with Stewart.

The 45-year-old, who is from Earl Shilton and nows live in Lincolnshire, said: “I joined the Royal Anglians on the same day as David and served in Northern Ireland with Stewart in 1989.

“It was the time of the Troubles and we were in Belfast. Stewart was a soldier’s soldier.

“He was totally professional and amazingly fit. He was just the kind of man you wanted watching your back in a tight spot. It was no surprise when he went on to join the SAS.

“It’s terrible to hear what has happened.

“It is the least we can do to help his family raise the money so we can get Stewart home where he belongs.”

Major Dick Gould (Retd), assistant regimental secretary of the Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “At a regimental level, we have been able to send funds out immediately to Thailand and arranged for the Army Benevolent Fund, now The Soldiers’ Charity, and The Royal British Legion to make further immediate donations.

“The larger regimental family has also been most supportive and generous being at the forefront of providing assistance and advice. “Both brothers, Stu and David, served with distinction in the regiment and have many friends.

“We are all thinking of Stu and his family as they face this tragedy, in a foreign land, with all the problems that entails.”

The appeal has so far raised more than £7,000.

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