PPRuNe Pop fundraiser

Update posted by Danny Fyne On Feb 21, 2016

Don was laid to rest at Randalls Park Crematorium on Thursday 18th February. There was a good turnout of family and friends, including twelve of us from PPRuNe. It was a simple service with a beautiful Tribute to Don from his friend Pete Dolan.

Throughout, Jan was her usual brave self and thanked everyone for their kind donations which have helped make everything just that bit better for Don during his last few weeks. She was especially appreciative of all the kind tributes and condolences she received from everyone.

As we end this chapter in Dons life, it has been decided to close this fund raising site. As a thank you to everyone who donated, we have decided to offer you one of the original PPRuNe lapel pins that we have found. We have about 80 of them and can mail them to you if you would like one. Please click here: https://gogetfunding.com/user/?uid=147055 and then click on the "send a message" link quoting the email address you provided when you made your donation and provide a snail mail address and we will get the pin out to you as soon as we can.

Once again, thank you very much for your support.

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Update posted by Danny Fyne On Feb 05, 2016

Don's funeral has been arranged for February 18th.

It will be held at 10:15 am and will take place at:

Randalls Park Crematorium
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 0AG

Tel 01372 363181 / 01372 373813

The family have requested family flowers only. If anyone wishes to donate in remembrance of Don, there are several options you may wish to consider.

1. Donate to a charity of your personal choice

2. Donate to this fund which was originally set up to assist Don's widow, Jan, to travel to and from the hospital in which he was staying, but will now be used to help her manage funeral and other costs.

3. Donate to Combat Stress, which is a charity helping service veterans who are experiencing mental health issues because of their service to their country. Don served in the Tank Regiment during his life and had a special place in his heart for servicemen and women. Last year, this was one of the charities chosen to benefit from some funds which were managed by Don and the money made a real difference to people's lives. This particular charity also appealed to Don as they have low administration and management overheads and therefore more of the money donated actually goes to help those it should. The charity can be found here:

Combat Stress

Finally, if anyone is coming to the funeral, could you please let us know, either by posting here or by sending a Private Message or by email to [email protected]. This is purely to let the family have an idea of the likely numbers attending so they can organise some refreshments afterwards.

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Update posted by Danny Fyne On Jan 29, 2016

It is with great sadness to let you all know that Don passed away last night, 28th January 2016.

Once funeral arrangements have been made, details will be published.

For the time being, we'd like to pass on everyones condolences and best wishes for Jan and the rest of Dons family.

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Very sad news. Don always had a smile on his face, and he was always willing to help. He was a great help to me via PPRuNe and it was a privilege to meet him and Jan at several "Bashes". He will be sorely missed.

Julian Lowden

Update posted by Jan 29

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Bugger. Don was most definitely one of the best of the good guys. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, including PPRuNe, and a lot of people are better off because of his efforts. I hadn’t seen Don for a good few years, but I have many happy memories of good times in his company. Safe journey, mate.

Tim Collins

Update posted by Jan 29

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I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. My own father passed away on 11th January under very similar circumstances to Don so I can’t help but have acute empathy with his family. I do hope Jan had some comfort from being able to visit him, and I trust any balance from the funds raised for her can be put towards his funeral costs. My condolences to Don’s family at what I know is a difficult and distressing time.

Andy Stevenson

Update posted by Jan 29

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Bugger. Don was most definitely one of the best of the good guys. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, including PPRuNe, and a lot of people are better off because of his efforts. I hadn’t seen Don for a good few years, but I have many happy memories of good times in his company. Safe journey, mate.

Tim Collins

Update posted by Jan 29

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Update posted by Danny Fyne On Jan 23, 2016

Don is still at St George’s Hospital in a medical unit being treated for his ulcerated leg. Apparently, it has been getting better and he has attempted getting up with help, but is still not mobile.

They have been talking about discharging him (where to?) but since he is not mobile and still confused, he is unable to go home. There is no clear plan as to where he might be sent and it seems to be very difficult to get any answers. Jan has been finding it very difficult not knowing where he might go next.

Jan herself was admitted to hospital several days ago for pneumonia. She is home now and recovering slowly. Jan has not been to see Don for over a week but is told that there is not much change in his condition.

We really do appreciate all the donations and the good wishes to Don. We have been discussing with Jan the option of arranging someone to go in daily for 1-2 hours (for 2-3 weeks) to visit Don in the hope that having a regular person to sit and chat with will be helpful especially as Jan is unable to visit right now.

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Update posted by Danny Fyne On Dec 15, 2015

As an example of some of the problems that Jan faces in getting around to visit Don, yesterday she showed up at the hospital to visit Don and was told that he had been moved to a different hospital A & E but no one had bothered to tell her. Luckily, Talya was driving Jan yesterday and took her to the other hospital. It just goes to show that getting around with a disability and using a taxi, would have been even more expensive yesterday had Jan not had someone to take her.

Anyway, just to let you all know, Don had been moved to A & E due to a bad infection from sores on his leg. He has now been admitted to the St George hospital for treatment of those wounds and will then move back to the Springfield hospital when that treatment has had an effect.

It was fantastic to break the £2,000 barrier yesterday and thanks to everyone who has made a donation, no mater how large or small, it is going to make Jan and Dons visits much easier and therefore help him in his recovery. We have made the first withdrawal that will help Jan make her visits to Don over the Xmas and New Year period.

Without you kind support, this would never have happened. Once again, thank you and please keep sharing the links to this page.

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Update posted by Danny Fyne On Dec 13, 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. Every little bit helps and as you can see the fund is growing steadily as more and more friends and fellow PPRuNers get to hear about this.

Talya, my wife, is going to stay with Jan tonight and will help her to find a local taxi company where we can set up an account. She will also help Jan to complete the application forms for the taxi card so we can get even greater value from the fund.

After her visit with Don tomorrow, I'll be able to get an update to pass on to everyone.

Once again, heartfelt thanks to everyone for this great start to the campaign. ALso, please remember to share this page on your social media pages. The links are on the page.

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Any chance of doing a deal through Uber, Danny?

Tim Collins

Update posted by Dec 14

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Don was a Gentleman, with an undiminshed love of aviation. He was a pleasure to be with and it was an honour to have known and met him.

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Sorry to hear of Don's (&Jan's plight). Happy to help in a small way, would like to believe that similar help from my friends would be forthcoming if I ever needed it.....

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