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Let's bring Simon home

£22,756 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 637 people in 22 months
We've met the target now. If anyone still donates money for Simon, that's truly wonderful, but it's extra now ... just so you know. We won't close the campaign until he's back in the UK, with all his family and friends.

If you know Simon, you'll know  how important this is. He's stuck in Vietnam, and he needs a ride home. So, we'd like you all to help with that. Please contribute as much as you can, and pass on the message.

Undoubtably, he has helped you out when you needed it and now it's time to settle up.

Please dig deep - he'd love it if you sacrificed a pint or a packet of fags or even a holiday, so that he can rest easy near all of us who love him.

Tragically, Simon was killed in Vietnam last Saturday, in the early hours of the morning. He was riding his moped home from his first solo poetry gig - just his. He was hit by a truck. 

His dad, Davy is in Hanoi now, and is making all the arrangements to bring him home. His family are overwhelmed by your generosity and support. Simon's parents especially are blown away and cannot thank you all enough. Thanks to your generosity, they can now do this without the added burden of worrying about the enormous costs. He can come home gracefully and  they can do whatever it takes to make it as uncomplicated as possible. 

When he's home, and if there's any money left over, his family have suggested that we use it for a Simon-style celebration of his life and spirit. As soon as we know details, we'll let you know.

Thank you all for your amazing generosity. Everyone is truly bowled over. Simon was loved by so many people, all over the world. Please keep sharing the link ...

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Before they release the funds, the GoFundMe personnel have asked that I put some information on here to let you all know  who I am, and why I've set up this GoFundMe campaign, so that's why I'm including the next bit (these are the questions they've asked so you know I'm writing this because they've asked)  ...

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My name is Colleen, and I live in Cambridge, where I work, as a Criminologist at Anglia Ruskin University. I was born in Romford, Essex (is that what they mean?)

I met Lesley, Simon's mum in 1980, in Cambridge (at the Wimpy), and we've been friends since then. I went to her and Davy's wedding in 1983 in Scotland, so we've all been connected in various ways for over thirty years. And we've watched each other's children grow up, and loved them all. My daughter, BeBe moved to Brighton a couple of years ago, to be near Simon, and they have a very special 'sibling,-like-nothing-else-in-the-world' friendship (just like many of you). The kind of friendship that many people don't get the chance to have (unless you know Simon). 

And I love him too.

So, we have been trying to raise money to get Simon home. Some of the money will be used for whatever it costs to bring him home, but obviously there are many hidden costs in that - bureaucratic costs in Vietnam, and travel and accommodation for Davy and Sol. At this point, we don't know how much that is all going to add up to. But we will let you know. If there's money left, we were thinking that it would be best used for the kind of funeral that Simon should have. You know what that is. At this point, though we don't have a clue how the costs will add up. 

 The money will only be released to me. and I will pass it all on to Davy (Simon's dad), or pay bills directly. He is in control of all the arrangements.

I hope that this gives you all a little peace of mind in this horrible limbo time.

best wishes, and much love, Colleen
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Hello everyone,

As you all know, Simon's funeral is planned for Friday this week, and lots of you are going.

But we know that some of you can't make it, and will be arranging something else in Cambridge or Brighton.

Many of you posted some really lovely tributes on here when you helped bring Simon home, and we are planning to collate them all into a book, so that Simon's family can keep them. There will be an opportunity for everyone to write in it too, on Friday.

If you can't make it, and would like a memory (a relatively PG memory), or a tribute, or just a few simple words to be included, please post it on here as quickly as you can, and we will include it. We are hoping to get it to the printers on Wednesday.

If you have photos that you are able to share, they would be much appreciated too.

Thank you again, for your generosity, and your love.

xxxx
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Here is the link to the Facebook page that David has set up for Simon's farewell next Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/events/439726779732108/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22plan_user_invited%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1496944502628532

Everyone is welcome, but Simon's family would like a rough idea of numbers, so they can arrange the right place for after the service. If you could click that you are going on the Facebook page, that would really help.

There are also memorials going on in Brighton (date to be confirmed) and in Cambridge on June 24th - see this link.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1845915012089018/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A1%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22permalink%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22surface%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D&source=1&action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1

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David asked us to tell you that you got his brother home.

Simon's family would like you to know that the time and date for Simon's funeral are now confirmed as:

11.30am Friday 16th June at Dalnottar Cemetery, Great Western Rd, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow G60 5HQ

David says that he will be making a (FB) page with the details of his brother's (Rhymin Si) funeral.

"I just wanted you all to know early that it won't be a sombre, hymn -singing, black-tie affair. By all means wear black if you want, but Simon was the most colourful person we knew so colours are perfectly acceptable. Please wear SOMETHING though (BeBe Moore we're looking at you) as my grandad is getting on and I don't think he could take it :)
Also if anyone wants to speak you will be welcome to, and we want to know songs that were special for him so we can play them.
Let's celebrate his life, not commiserate his death."

He also says:
"On the (FB) page, we can discuss music, speeches, artwork, photos, streaming etc. Photos, I think will be particularly important so if you have any please send them over (you can send them to David or post them on here - or both)

Also we will need to know approximate numbers for the after-party (I don't think we can call it a wake can we) so let us know asap if you can make it. Let's give Simon the send off he deserves.

If anyone needs any info/advice about getting to Clydebank please get in touch.

Love you all, looking forward to seeing the love for my little brother."

David has said that we can livestream/Google hangout for those who can't be there in person. A great idea seeing how geographically spread out we all are.

We can discuss when he has set up the (FB) page (We'll post the link as soon as we can).

Thank you Thank you Thank you xxxxxx
Love Love Love
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Hello to everyone who loves Simon.

So, Davy has made as much arranging as he can at this point, and Simon is coming home on Thursday.

Simon's funeral is going to be in Clydebank, Scotland, probably on Friday June 16th.

That's all we know for now, but I'll post updates as soon as there are more details. Don't hesitate to message through here if you'd like more information.

Much love xxxx

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