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Leeds student Richard Mayne's JustGiving page hits 675% of target in wake of MH17

21st July 2014

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Donations to a JustGiving page set up by Leeds University student and MH17 victim Richard Mayne have skyrocketed since Thursday’s tragedy in eastern Ukraine.

Maths and finance student Richard, from Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, climbed Mount Everest earlier this year with Leeds RAG in support of UK charity Kidasha.

Since flight MH17 crashed on Thursday the money he raised has grown to over £4,500.

The page has now received donations 675% above Richard’s original £680 target, taking it to £4,596.67.

Of the 270 donations made so far, many offer tributes to the 20-year-old:   























His family have welcomed the donations, with his aunt Elizabeth Mayne saying: “It’s brilliant to see that people are making donations, as it was a cause close to Richard’s heart. 

"He did so much for charity and, like the Stephen Sutton appeal, it shows his life wasn’t in vain and his memory will be used to raise even more money.

"The donations and the comments are heartwarming and show what a loved person he was.”

His father Simon, who had driven Richard to the airport for his flight to Amsterdam hours before MH17 went down, told the mirror that his family’s life had been “torn apart” and that they were “beyond devastated.”

On Facebook, friends described Richard as “fantastic” and an “inspiration.”

Richard was one of ten Britons that died when the Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down on Thursday. Another UK student, Ben Pocock from Loughborough University, was also on board.

Kidasha is a development charity for children in Nepal, supporting more than 50,000 children and mothers every year.

Support Richard’s JustGiving page here.

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