Fundraiser for Hastings man attacked with barbell at Thai gym Brighton News

THOUSANDS of books have been collected for a man who was attacked at a gym in Thailand.

Gary Reed of Hastings was hit with a dumbbell while exercising in Pattaya on the country’s east coast on May 16.

His sister Julie Stafford has appealed for funds for her brother, who needs surgery to reconstruct his eye socket.

The family are hoping to raise £15,000 to pay for the operation before he can return home.

So far the GoFundMe has raised over £3,000.

Gary told the BBC the attack, which followed a disagreement with another tourist over whether to use a bench press, shattered the orbital bone around his eye.

He said: “He went into a rack behind me and picked up a seven inch, 1kg dumbbell then came up to me from behind and hit me in the face with it.

“He really butchered my face. I have scars all around my eye, my eye is bleeding. More than 50% of the lower part of my orbital bone is broken.

“I really want to go home now.”

Julie said Gary extended his vacation, but not his insurance.

“If we don’t save his eye, it’s going to dig into the back of his head and he’s going to end up with no eye at all,” she told BBC South East.

The GoFundMe page has been inundated with messages wishing Gary a speedy recovery.

Michael Nelson said: “Just wrong what happened. Hope you reach your goal soon. Stay safe Gary.

Martjo Dijkstra, said he did not know Gary but was brought in to help after hearing his story.

He wrote: “I am a Dutchman living in London, personally I have traveled a lot in Asia.

“I can imagine he needs support at the moment. I feel absolutely bad after what happened to him and wish I could donate more money.

“I will pray for his full recovery and hope justice is served. Wish him all the best and stay strong.

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