FRIENDS and family of a teacher fighting for his life in a Thai hospital have raised more than £27,000 to pay for his medical fees.
Former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles suffered head injuries after a savage hammer attack by a stranger in Thailand last week.
Within days, thousands of supporters from home and around the world have raised almost £30,000 to fly him back to England for treatment.
But those close to the 40-year-old father-of-one fear they will need almost £100,000 to bring him home and they are calling on the government to do more to help.
Close friend Neil Clappison of Leeds launched the Facebook campaign to bring Mr Pickles, who has an eight-month old son, home
Mr Clappison told the Express: “I never expected the campaign to be as big as this, but it is testament to what a great guy Adam is.
“His parents are struggling over there I am campaigning to get a meeting with foreign secretary William Hague to raise this issue, as they are not getting any help from the British government.
“It has been very frustrating and we want him home as soon as possible.
“He was well thought of as a teacher in Wakefield and we have had a lot of people saying he was their favourite teacher and sharing stories about him.
“I was devastated when I found out as he is the one friend I have the biggest connection with. He is one in a million.”
Mr Pickles is in a coma and has undergone several operations on his brain.
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, which stands at £2,000 a day.
Mr Pickles has medical insurance, but his family say they are having difficulty getting the company to pay up.
To support the campaign visit www.donatetoadam.org