Orpington family plea for funds to bring their son home
AN ORPINGTON family is desperately appealing for money to bring their only son back home after he suffered an horrific quad biking accident abroad.
The Trott family, of Winchester Road, need to raise £20,000 to bring 18-year-old Joe home from the Greek island Corfu because his holiday insurance fails to cover quad bike accidents.
The former Bishop Justus pupil is described as “an experienced full-on biker” but, apparently, lost control of his four-wheeled machine which smashed into a wall on one side of the road.
Parents Tony and Leslie Trott are now trying to raise the large sum so they can air-ambulance Joe back to the UK with a medical team as soon as his condition improves.
Tony, a self-employed builder, said in a statement to the News Shopper: “It feels as if my world has collapsed, all we can do is pray.”
Colin Chinyani, whose 18-year-old son Ashley was also on the trip, says Joe’s condition is “life-threatening”.
“I got a phone call from my son, who was crying,” said Mr Chinyani, of Uplands Road, Orpington. “I have never heard my son cry.
“I was on the phone for about ten minutes before he stopped crying then he blurted out 'it's Joe, it's Joe'.”
Mr Chinyani flew out immediately after getting off the phone to his son and comforted Mr and Mrs Trott.
However, Mr Chinyani has returned to help drive a bid to secure money to bring Joe home.
But Mr and Mrs Trott remain by their son’s bedside in Corfu.
Before the tragedy Joe had recently started his application to join the Royal Marines.
A message on Joe’s sister’s Facebook page, posted on Friday, says: “We have had it confirmed that Joe's insurance will not pay out and in a couple of weeks he is going to need to come home by air ambulance which will cost somewhere in the region of £20,000.
“If there is anything you can do at your school or place of work that will help us get to our target as soon as possible then we would be eternally grateful.”
For information about donating visit: facebook.com/JoeTrottsMedicalFund?ref=hl