Fundraiser for drowned man near Brighton Pier hits £ 40,000 goal Brighton News

A fundraiser for a father who died after struggling at sea reached its goal of £ 40,000.

Friends of Birol Gundogdu had raised funds for his wife and young daughter, who live in Turkey, after drowning in water near Brighton Palace Pier.

The Coast Guard was alerted to a person in the water at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, July 30.

Birol was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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A close friend set up a GoFundMe page, telling donors that the money would go to help Birol’s family who not only “suffered from this sudden and tragic loss, but were facing financial hardship.”

The fundraiser has now raised £ 43,033, which is £ 3,000 more than its original goal.

A funeral was held in his hometown of Kalecik in Turkey on Sunday.

Birol’s friend, who did not wish to be named, said the money had “brought some comfort to his family”.

Speaking to The Argus earlier this month, he said he had been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people who have donated.

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He said: “It really shows how generous and kind people can be, especially during what has been such a devastating time because of the coronavirus.

“A lot of people have lost someone or gone through something similar, so they know how they feel.

“There are people of all different ethnicities who have donated. I can see Turkish names, English names, and Arabic names.

He added that he will remember Birol as a “very intelligent” man who was “loved by many”.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit

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