Apologies: It's taken a while, but I've managed to freeze donations without the page being pulled, thanks to the site administrators.
This page has proved to be such a prominent asset that I wanted it to keep it running as a source of updates and information.
For all of you who have continued to donate beyond the conclusion of the search and rescue operation, and it's costs (tba), Kate will no doubt know of a cause worthy enough to pass your assistance on to.
We will update you all when we can in that respect.
Please try to enjoy your weekends, get together, share stories and be sure to raise a glass to our friend John Paul.
Next time I see you, I'll get one in*.
*Thank goodness it will be in the only town left on the planet where it might still be affordable to do so in such high volume.
Thank you to all of you who are continuing to donate and share John Paul's story.
John Paul and Kate's parents are flying to Laos in the morning. I'm going to see John and Angela at their hotel tonight to update them on what you've all been doing to support the search, and to help find their son.
We were talking last night about all of the messages and donations that came in yesterday, they were so thankful.
I can't stress enough the very real difference all of you are making in so many ways to the search for our friend John Paul. A search that is going on right now, with resources you are directly providing.
Fingers crossed we make the pages of The Sun tomorrow and spread our reach a bit further.
Since my last update, and thanks to friends of John Paul's, the appeal for the search has also been retweeted by Rick Edwards, Jonny Vegas, David Morrisey.
I'm not on Twitter, but if you happen to follow any of them, let them know you appreciate it, as we appreciate all of your posts, tweets & updates.
I received an update from our old schoolfriend James McTiernan.
James went to Newlands with many of you, and now lives and works in Laos.
As soon as he heard what had happened he quickly made his way cross country to Kate's location taking a guide & translator. He is now heavily involved in the co-ordination of the search. He has put out a reward for local fishermen and has also been able to fund immediate costs until we could raise relief. Which you are all doing so brilliantly.
(Needless to say, James is a total legend).
"We have all relocated to Kaong Nyai beach which is the next beach south on the map. This is large enough for the helicopter to land. It landed today at 12:30 and will be able to get in two hour searches before the end of the day with a refueling trip in between. For tomorrow we are relocating a fuel bowser to nearby to increase availability.
The photographed map shows the location of swimmers swept away and picked up in the past. As you can see there are a number of islands downstream so there is a good chance he has managed to pull himself onto one.
There is also a photo of the fishing boats that are being used in the search.
I have been in touch with a surveyor friend who mapped this area for the NGO's and he has given us some excellent advice on where to take the helicopter".
I've also included a picture of the chopper going up that Kate took.
Lee and I will be doing some more interviews today to try and spread the reach of the appeal.
It's so hard to ask when you're all doing so much, but please continue to share these updates.
I'm so sorry I haven't managed to thank you all. I wouldn't be able to begin to express the gratitude felt by those close to John Paul.
What you've all achieved has been simply breathtaking.
The team in Laos will start their search around midnight (GMT) fully supported, not having the crucial decisions they need to make governed by limited financial recourses. I can't believe you've all done this for our mate.
This isn't the end, this is just the next days search.
We're going to try and extend our reach with more regional media tomorrow and the appeal should run nationally in the Telegraph. Hopefully more news desks will pick it up as it circulates with news agencies.
So please don't think we've reached some sort of target, and continue to share these updates. Your efforts speak for themselves.
This is incredible. JPs family and friends are beyond grateful. There are too many of you giving for me to thank you all individually.
I'll be transferring money over to Kate in Laos at the end of each day. Everyone is being so generous, and while we already have what seems like a huge sum, we can't put a limit on the resources needed to find Johnny.
If all of us give a little, the impact will be massive.
I'm sorry, but I'm going to be banging this drum for the foreseeable.
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