A fundraiser to bring home the body of an Essex man who died in a tragic accident in Ibiza has reached its goal in just five hours.
The GoFundMe appeal to bring Kevin Smith back home was set up on Thursday (April 29) by friend Morgan Brazier with a target of £20,000.
But within four hours, the target was exceeded, with more than 485 people pledging money.
Morgan, who is based in Chigwell, wrote on the page about how devastated he is to have lost his friend Kevin, who was a personal trainer, saying: “I think I speak for us all when I say that we are heartbroken to of heard the news that our good friend Kevin sadly lost his life in a tragic snorkelling accident yesterday.”
According to Morgan, Kevin was “always on the search to live his dream life”.
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“After nearly two years of moving to Ibiza, grinding through each lockdown, he finally was able to live his dream and enjoy his hiking, snorkelling, chasing the sunsets and discovering new locations,” Morgan wrote, adding: “He was so open and friendly with a very strong moral compass. He was an inspiration and loved by so many.”
Thanks to coronavirus travel restrictions, Kevin’s family were struggling to go to get him and bring him home.
This, Morgan explained, was the point of the fundraiser – to help Kevin’s family bring him home as soon as physically possible, privately if we are able to.
As of 5.30pm – little over five hours after the page went live – £23,388 had been raised, with Morgan stating on the page: “Any additional donations will be put towards the memorial so please, any amount, big or small, would be appreciated!”
Following the news of Kevin’s death, Morgan posted an emotional Instagram post about losing his friend.
Other friends paid tribute on the Go Fund Me page, remembering Kevin as “one of the happiest & funniest people I knew”.
Another added: “He had such a great energy, was a great PT and just a really nice bloke.”