Raising cash to fly former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles home

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TEACHERS are rallying round to raise money to fly home one of their former colleagues who remains in a coma in a Thai Hospital.

Adam Pickles is still fighting for his life in after he was attacked with a metal bar three weeks ago.

Mr Pickles – who has an eight-month-old son – learned his trade at Cathedral Academy and taught English at the school between 2001 and 2005.

And during the past week the 40-year-old has overcome an infection and pneumonia, while thousands of supporters have raised more than £33,000 to fly him back to England for treatment.

Among those to donate money were staff from Cathedral Academy, who collected £130 during their end of term drinks at the Holmfield Arms.

French teacher Dani Nicholls worked with Mr Pickles, and plans to organise a bigger event in the city.

She said: “All the staff who worked with him have been very upset.

“It is one of those things where everyday you feel a different emotion. It is a difficult situation as just as he seems to be improving, he has a set back.

“But we all want to do our bit for him and be positive as he is such an amazing, genuine, positive guy.”

Mrs Nicholls now wants to organise a race night and is on the hunt for a venue.

Mr Pickles’ parents Adele, 61, and Andrew, 62, of Leeds have flown to be at his bedside while friends raise the cost of his medical care, which stands at £2,000 a day.

His Bangkok insurance firm has now also agreed to pay towards his care.

But friends fear it will only cover about a tenth of the his care bill and none of the repatriation costs, which are expected to exceed £70,000.

Supporters are also calling on foreign secretary William Hague and his advisors for better support.

To help visit www.donatetoadam.org