Raising cash to fly former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles home

Adam Pickles
Adam Pickles

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