A crowdfunding page set up to raise money for the pregnant partner of a cyclist who was killed in a collision in involving a lorry in Edinburgh earlier this month has raised nearly £15,000, with donations continuing to flood in.
Stuart Elliott, a PhD student at Edinburgh University, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on Sir Harry Lauder Road in Portobello, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
Mr Elliott, who according to his family was “studying innovative approaches to violence prevention” and his partner Pamela were expecting their first child and had just been approved for a mortgage.
A neighbour set up the GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs as well as to support Mr Elliott’s partner.
Writing on the GoFundMe page the neighbour, Maggie Mroczkowski, said: “He was on the verge of a new and exciting life chapter that made him very happy when he was tragically taken from us after a collision with a lorry while cycling to his office.
“He was a partner, a friend, a son, a brother, a future father, an uncle, a PhD student, a children’s advocate, a teacher and so much more.
“He has had a profound impact on so many people that even though he was taken suddenly and far too early, his presence will be felt throughout our lives.”
She continued: “Stuart and Pamela had just been approved for the mortgage on their new house, and were also just beginning to look into setting up life insurance plans. We have set up this GoFundMe campaign in order to help Stuart's family raise money for funeral costs, baby supplies, and loss of wages.
“Our goal is to raise at least £20,000 although any amount above this goal would be very much appreciated and will go to very good use,” she added.
In the two days since the GoFundMe page, which you can find here, was set up, more than £14,000 has been raised from over 400 contributors.
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