‘Closure’ for Paul Urey’s household as fundraiser to convey physique house exceeds £8,000

‘Closure’ for Paul Urey’s household as fundraiser to convey physique house exceeds £8,000


he daughter of Paul Urey, a British assist employee who was reported to have died whereas being detained by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, has mentioned the repatriation of her father’s physique will give her household closure.

Chelsea Coman, 20, has raised greater than £8,000 on GoFundMe to convey Mr Urey’s physique house from Ukraine after she and her 17-year-old sister Courtney had been informed by the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO) that they would want to pay almost £10,000 in repatriation prices.

The human rights ombudsperson for the Moscow-supported management in Donetsk has beforehand mentioned Mr Urey, 45, died in July of persistent sicknesses and stress.

He had sort 1 diabetes in addition to a coronary heart situation however was denied entry to treatment round eight weeks earlier than his loss of life, his household informed the PA information company.

“He doesn’t need to be on the market on the minute,” Ms Coman mentioned.

“It might set our thoughts comfortable to have the ability to lay him to relaxation and know that he’s not in a distinct nation nonetheless struggling although he’s died.

“We’d get closure.”

Ms Coman, a full-time dad or mum to her two-year-old daughter in Manchester, discovered about her father’s loss of life after seeing it on the information.

Her stepfather, Christopher Chadderton, had tried to get to Ms Coman and her sister to inform them earlier than they heard elsewhere, however was too late.

“(A journalist) rang me and defined about Paul’s loss of life,” Mr Chadderton, 53, informed PA.

“Me and the kids’s mum, we rushed again to try to inform the ladies earlier than they heard it on the information however as we bought there the ladies had been sobbing, holding one another.

“That was heartbreaking for me, to see the ladies going via that.”

Mr Chadderton, a retiree, criticised the FCDO for leaving his stepdaughters “in a state of limbo, not figuring out whether or not they may get their father again”.

“For me, personally, it doesn’t sit proper,” he mentioned.

“Somewhat than saying, ‘Don’t fear concerning the cash, we’ll get your dad again,’ it was a case of, ‘To convey your dad again goes to value this a lot.’

“I don’t perceive how they may lead on two younger ladies in a state of affairs (they had been in) they usually had been grieving and confused, (there was) a number of anger.

With out the GoFundMe and all these strangers giving us the cash to assist us convey dad house … I do not suppose we might have presumably been capable of do it

“I’m very pleased with what they’ve achieved, what they’ve achieved and the way they’ve gone about this … However I feel a number of it was pointless and it shouldn’t have been placed on such younger shoulders such an enormous accountability.”

Ms Coman and her household plan to organise the repatriation via Co-op Funeralcare.

The GoFundMe for the trigger surpassed £8,300 on Friday, which she described as “overwhelming”.

“It’s very overwhelming as a result of a number of strangers the world over have taken the time to write down these messages and ship cash over to assist us, they usually don’t even know us,” she mentioned.

“With out the GoFundMe and all these strangers giving us the cash to assist us convey dad house … I don’t suppose we might have presumably been capable of do it.

“We’ve by no means seen that form of cash in our lives.”

It comes as 5 Britons captured in Ukraine by pro-Russian forces returned to the UK on Thursday morning.

It’s understood John Harding, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill had been let out alongside Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin on Wednesday, and landed in Britain within the early hours the next day.

Non-profit organisation the Presidium Community, which has been supporting the household of Mr Healy, informed the PA information company that every one 5 had landed “safely” within the UK and had been reunited with their households.

“Presidium Community is happy that the 5 British nationals are again safely and grateful for all events who’ve helped convey them again,” director of operations Dominik Byrne mentioned.

“Our ideas are additionally with households of Paul Urey, who died in captivity, and likewise with households of Grady Kurpasi, who continues to be in captivity in Donesk.”

An FCDO spokesperson mentioned: “Now we have supported Paul’s household all through this ordeal and can proceed to work with the Ukrainian authorities to get him house.”

“Our ideas stay with the Urey household at this tough time.

“The FCDO is sadly not capable of pay for the repatriation of British nationals who’ve died abroad.”

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