Fundraising goal smashed for British schoolboy who died after falling into swimming pool in Egypt

Kelan Logan-Derench, from Sutton Coldfield, was described by a family friend as a 'cheeky, happy little boy' Credit: Handout

More than £18,000 has been raised to help the family of a five-year-old British boy who died after an accident in a swimming pool while on holiday in Egypt.

Kelan Logan-Derench, from Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham, died on Friday 24 November while on holiday with family, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) confirmed in a short statement that it was supporting the family.

A GoFundMe page was organised by Serena Whitehead, a friend of Kelan’s mother, where he was described as a "cheeky, mischievous, happy little boy".

Ms Whitehead said: "Five-year-old Kelan Logan-Derench from Sutton Coldfield went on his first holiday abroad to Egypt on 24/11/2023 with his mum, elder sister and nan."

She adds: "Devastatingly only one day later Kelan had a tragic accident and fell into the swimming pool and heartbreakingly nothing could be done to save him and he sadly lost his life.

"Kelan was a cheeky, mischievous, happy little boy, he was a younger brother to Cienna and was about to become a big brother himself in February 2024.

"Kelan’s whole family are absolutely broken and we can only imagine the pain they are going through, the least we can do as friends of the family and as a community is to help them by offering some financial support so that they can bring Kelan home and give him the funeral he deserves.

"Please donate whatever you can and encourage family and friends to support [us] so that we can support Kelan’s family as quickly as possible.

"Thank you all for your support, any funds raised will be used to repatriate Kelan and give him the funeral he deserves when he is home."

After being created on Sunday, the fundraising appeal has now raised more than £18,000 of the £17,500 goal, thanks to a donation of £2500 on 28 November.

In a statement, an FCDO spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of a British child who died in Egypt."

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