Doncaster Rovers fan’s Wembley tribute after Thailand crash

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A lifelong Doncaster Rovers devotee met a devastating end in Thailand, but his family is rallying for a heartfelt homage – with Wembley dreams in their sights.

The family of Wayne Parkin, a die-hard fan who tragically perished in a bike crash horror abroad, is now fervently hoping for a Wembley win as the ultimate tribute to their beloved Wayne. A devoted dad-of-two who passionately followed his team across the nation, Parkin’s untimely demise on April 17 prompted his family to initiate a colossal fundraising campaign to repatriate his remains back to the UK.

Parkin’s grieving partner, Rebecca Booth, pins her hopes on Rovers securing victory in the League Two Play-Off Final, seeing it as a poignant nod to Wayne’s memory. Following a triumphant first leg against Crewe Alexandra, Rovers stand just 90 minutes away from the final showdown.

“Most of you at Doncaster Rovers will at some point have come across Wayne. Unfortunately, he was cruelly taken from us over in Thailand in a devastating accident.”

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As arrangements are made to bring Parkin home, Rebecca expressed her yearning for a Wembley spectacle, echoing Wayne’s lifelong dream, and urged supporters to rally behind the team. Alongside a heartfelt GoFundMe page, which has already garnered nearly £2,000 (approximately 90,000 baht), a fundraising day is scheduled this Saturday at the Long Willow Sports and Social Club in Mansfield, reported Doncaster Free Press.

“Wayne lived life on a whim, travelling to Thailand to seek inner peace. Now, his heartbroken children long for their dad’s return. Let’s make his dream of Wembley a reality.”

In related news, In a tale of love, resilience, and an unexpected proposal, a British couple from Durham, in the northeast of England, found themselves thrust into the spotlight after a near-fatal motorbike crash during what was supposed to be a dreamy 28-day Thai vacation.

As their love story unfolds amidst the wreckage, a community rallies to support the engaged couple, fighting against not only life-threatening injuries but also mounting medical bills.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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