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raised of £6,000 target by 130 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,203 to help get the deceased mother of Topsham Rugby player, Adam Buckley back from The Gambia to get buried in her home place of Torquay.

    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 22nd October 2017

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    Adams mother Michelle was very much a free spirit. She would often travel alone and grew to love The Gambia as it helped with her fibromyalgia condition. She also liked to help lots of families that were living in poverty and very much in need. She loved animals and to be at one with nature where she took great pleasure in taking photos and painting them.

    Chelle was recently back home in the UK visiting Adam and his wife and spending quality time with her two grandchildren. This is where I first met and got to know her as we walked my dog along Dawlish Warren with our families. Even then she would stop to talk to strangers and ask about their dogs, this was the type of great human being she was.

    Chelle travelled back to the Gambia only a short while ago to then be admitted to hospital with an infection. Adam and Hayley were doing their best to get her back when they suddenly got the terrible news that she had passed away. We all know that to travel abroad with no insurance is very unadvisable and a omplete gamble but Chelle did not have much money and this is what she chose to do. Due to Chelle having no personal insurance and no belongings of any value she is now in a mortuary where she can be held for no longer than 2 months. There is no option to be cremated there as it is predominantly a muslim country and against the countries religion. This would have obviously been a less costly option to be able to fly her back. Adam and Hayley have considered all options and the most cost effective is to fly her back and get buried here in the UK.

    The best quotation we have recieved is £4500 to fly her home and the funeral cost is around the £1500 mark although this seems to be rising everytime we look at it.

    Adam and Hayley are not in a situation where they can afford this and although a very proud couple I have offered to get this page going to see if we can all chip in and make it possible so Chelle can be laid to rest here and Adam and his family get to see his mother off properly. I urge you to dig deep in this time of need and whether its sharing this story or donating, even a few pounds would really help as we are very much against the clock.

    Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope we can do this for a very good man and his family.



    • Colin Milkins of Topsham Rugby Club.5 years ago
      Colin Milkins of Topsham Rugby Club.

      Colin Milkins of Topsham Rugby Club.

      5 years ago

      Hi all, I just want to update you all about this page. We only went and did it!!!! The funeral for Chelle is being held in Torquay tomorrow all thanks to all you brilliant compassionate people. I cant thank you enough and Adam and family are extremely greatfull. It just goes to show that when times are tough that friends, family and even strangers with a kind heart can really pull together and look after each other. Many many thanks for helping to make this possible, please never doubt the power of the people.

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    • Michelle Singleton

      Michelle Singleton

      Sep 28, 2017

      So pleased you are able to bring her back, sorry it's not much but hopefully this can go towards the funeral back in the UK xx


    • Jazmin Wooldridge

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      Sep 28, 2017



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      Vicki Ward

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    • Phillip Irish

      Phillip Irish

      Sep 8, 2017

      Sorry to hear about your loss, really hope you hit the target and get your Mum home.


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    Colin Milkins of Topsham Rugby Club.

    Colin Milkins of Topsham Rugby Club.

    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

    Adam is a very close friend of mine and he was with me at my house when he took the dreadful news. I have made it my mission along with Topsham RFC to do everything i can to reunite this good man and his family with his mother so that she can be laid to rest in the proper manner.

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