THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for Andrew Bache as his friends and Pompey supporters rally around him.
The 50-year-old’s son Harry is flying from Australia to see him and his brother Dean travelled from Portsmouth yesterday.
And in the city a major fundraiser will be held to support him at the Shepherds Crook in Goldsmith Avenue, Portsmouth, on Saturday at 7pm.
As of this morning, more than £13,000 had been raised for Andrew, with Dean saying the response has ‘never made him more proud to be English’.
Close friend Jay Ricketts, 44, said: ‘He’s a nice guy. He’d do anything for anyone and that’s reflected in the volume of donations.
‘Even people who don’t know him have said it’s horrendous and clearly he’s going to need help.’
Shepherds Crook landlord Steve Hudson said he’s holding the fundraiser in a bid to help both Mr Bache and his family’s travelling expenses.
He said: ‘I want to help his family to ease some of the pressure. He won’t be working. I’ve had a message from one of his colleagues at Tesco to say thank you for doing this.
‘The mortgage and bills have still got to be paid and family have got expenses to get out there.’
He added: ‘If they can’t get here then hopefully they will go to the Just Giving page and donate.’
Colin Major, 47, has been friends with Mr Bache since the injured man was 13. He said Mr Bache helped him when his daughter Liz, 13, died from meningitis.
‘It was horrendous it was allowed to happen, he’s just a normal Pompey bloke,’ Colin said.
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