A TEACHER is fighting for his life in a Thai hospital after being attacked with a hammer.
Father-of-one Adam Pickles, who taught English at Cathedral Academy between 2001 and 2005, suffered head injuries after the savage assault by a stranger in Thailand.
The 40-year-old is now in a coma after having operations to remove bone and blood clots from his brain.
His family and friends are trying to raise at least £70,000 to pay for his hospital fees and fly him back home.
And more than 4,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign, triggering pledges of more than £15,000 within a few days.
Mr Pickles’ parents Adele, 61, and Andrew, 62, have flown from their home in Leeds to be at his bedside while friends at home and abroad rally to raise the cost of his medical care.
Andrew Pickles said: “All of the family would like to say a big thank you to all of Adam’s friends for the fantastic messages and support.
“I know one thing for certain, if anyone in this world is capable of fighting and overcoming this, it is Adam. Our love and thanks to you all.”
Cathedral School teacher Danielle Nicholls, who worked with Mr Pickles, said: “He’s one of those characters that everyone who meets him loves.
“He radiates positivisty and makes everyone smile.
“We’re all very saddened by his situation and will do everything we can to support the fundraising campaign. We send all our love and sincere hopes for his full recovery to his family.”
Mr Pickles had been teaching at The Regents’ International School in Pattaya for the past seven years.
The intensive care unit is costing £2,000 a day and it is expected to cost around £70,000 to bring him back home.
Mr Pickles did have medical insurance, but it would not cover all of his expenses or medical repatriation costs.
Last September Mr Pickles was left unconscious after a horrific motorcycle accident and while he was recovering, his son Benjamin was born.
A spokesman for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Thailand.
“We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”
Anyone who would like to support the campaign should visit www.facebook.com/groups/adampickles