Family of Wakefield truck driver who died in Italy thank public for overwhelming support

The widow of a truck driver from Wakefield who died while out on a job in Italy has thanked the public for their overwhelming support in helping bring his body back to the UK.

The widow of a truck driver from Wakefield who died while out on a job in Italy has thanked the public for their overwhelming support in helping bring his body back to the UK.

Paul Stanyard was found dead in his cab at a service station in Ancona, when his company's tracker showed his truck had not moved for several hours.

Mr Stanyard was counting down to retirement and planning to move to Spain with his family. But his family was forced to raising money to cover the cost of his funeral after his company's insurance did not cover the cost of repatriation because he died of natural causes.

More than £20,000 has been raised to bring Paul Stanyard's body home. Credit: GoFundMe

A fundraising page was set up by his widow Pamela Hirst with a target of raising £10,000 to bring his body home. Within two days it tipped that goal and in four days more than double was pledged by people from across the world.

Now the family has been told that Mr Stanyard's body will be back in his hometown of Horbury in Wakefield within the next five to seven days.

His widow has issued a statement thanking the wider public especially those in the 'trucking community' for their support. She also thanked ITV News for bringing the driver's story to light and revealed she would keep the funding page open a memorial to her partner.