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£22,690raised of £20,000 target by 388 supporters

Weʼre raising £20,000 to Help pay for Colin's medical expenses in Japan

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You will have heard about the tragic fate of Colin's aircraft, Itzy. Very sadly for Colin Itzy suffered engine failure and he had to make a forced landing on a golf course in Aioi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Colin was extremely fortunate to walk away from the accident, but has since discovered he has broken his back in three places. He was air-lifted from the scene and is now in the emergency ward of the hospital. He is not allowed to move from the bed as there is a risk that he could damage his spinal nerve, until he has surgery.

He faces a very large medical bill, and at first was refusing treatment as he doesn't have the money. His friends and family have made sure surgery will go ahead in Japan. There is no price for a life.

The bill will likely be around $30,000, so I am hoping that between us we can raise a little something to help his family with this expense.

I know many of you will have been lucky enough to have met Colin during his round the world trip. He rarely asks for help and is fiercely independent and proud. I know many have wanted to help him before now with the journey and he never accepts, but I think this time he is in need of the help of all those wonderful friends he has made around the world.

Needless to say Colin doesn't know about the Crowd Funding. I know he would not allow me to ask for help, but sometimes you have to do what you believe is the right thing.

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  • Zanna McKail

    Zanna McKail

    4 days ago

    Zanna McKail

    Good news! The operation went very well and Colin is doing fine. He can still move his legs too which he is very relieved about. They have said his bones are good and strong so shouldn't take too long in recovery. Many have asked about sending cards and gifts, and posting to Japan will take too long, so please use his parent's address: 38 Wallheath crescent, Stonnall, Walsall, Staffs, WS9 9HT UK

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  • Zanna McKail

    Zanna McKail

    5 days ago

    Zanna McKail

    Colin will undergo surgery at 1pm tomorrow (5am UK time), and it looks like he will be in the hospital for longer than originally thought. After the operation he needs to go back into a body cast for minimum of 5 days, but this could be up to 2 weeks. Hopefully after that he will be able to start walking, but he will be in a wheel chair for a couple more weeks. It is at this time that he plans to fly home, depending on how mobile he is and with satisfactory pain control. I will update you all tomorrow after the operation.

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  • Zanna McKail

    Zanna McKail

    6 days ago

    Zanna McKail

    Your response to Colin's plight has been truly incredible! We hit the second target of £20K yesterday, in just 5 days! Colin and his family would like to thank each and every one of you for your kindness. Colin cannot see this website on his old phone in the hospital, so he hasn't been able to read all your beautiful messages of support yet. He will have to save them for when he is back in the UK. This will definitely give him an extra boost when he is convalescing. I know he will be thanking each of you personally, he is like that.

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388

  • Bill Weir

    Bill Weir

    Jul 22, 2017

    Posted for William Weir, who met Colin Hales during his last visit to Canada. Wishing him a speedy recovery." He's my hero and I count him as a friend" says Bill.

    £100.00

  • paul  gunn

    paul gunn

    Jul 22, 2017

    Get flying soon Colin. Love reading about your adventures!

  • roger stubbs

    roger stubbs

    Jul 21, 2017

    Hope to see Colin back walking in Stonnall soon ,then no doubt on another flying trip.Roger and Bethan Stubbs

    £50.00

  • John Bean

    John Bean

    Jul 20, 2017

    Colin - get yourself back in the air - you have a trip to completeSeriously; good luck and wishing you well

    £50.00

  • Rachel Mann

    Rachel Mann

    Jul 20, 2017

    Colin, hoping the op went well... stay strong rest up & hope to catch up with you soon x

    £20.00

  • Angela Carter

    Angela Carter

    Jul 20, 2017

    I have never met Colin but hear all about his travels from his Dad Peter who I worked with.

    £250.00

  • Dave Berenholtz

    Dave Berenholtz

    Jul 20, 2017

    Clear Skies! My best wishes for your recovery and the next adventure.

    £20.00

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