Brit, 26, fighting for life in Madeira after falling two-storeys from hotel balcony
A young British trainee firefighter is fighting for his life in Madeira after an unexplained fall from a hotel balcony.
26-year-old Oliver Hillier has had emergency surgery and is in an induced coma as his body slowly recovers.
His family is desperate however to get him back to UK. To this end sister Rachel Cook has launched a Gofundme appeal.
She explains the situation: “We still don’t know how it happened but the whole family is devastated.
“Oliver went on holiday with our mum, nan and his nephew to look after them as my mum is disabled and it’s my nephews first holiday abroad.
“There is nothing he wouldn’t do for anyone, he is the glue that holds us all together and to bring him home will cost £30,000! We need him home with us to bring the smile and laughter and light back into our life’s. We all know it’s going to be a long road to recovery for him but being in a different country away from his family and friends just doesn’t bear thinking about.
“Please help us bring the most important person in our life’s home. We can not live without him.
“However much you can spare will be appreciated”.
This far the appeal has raised €5,645 and a number of donors are Portuguese.
Oliver’s plight has been covered by British tabloids, as well as Portuguese daily Correio da Manhã.
As all reports stress, no one knows why Oliver fell.
“Portuguese police believe he was trying to find his hotel room in the dark, and peering over the balcony”, writes the Daily Mail, adding: “They are not treating his fall as suspicious”.
Am independant source on the island has been powering donations by offering anyone pledging over €5 the chance of a two-day stay in a caravan.
Explained the author of the page: “To all those who know me, friends, family, those who love me, and our caravan, to those that care about life and humanity, and those that believe and all the others PLEASE HELP!”
The gofundme page, entitled ‘Bring our brother home’, can be found here