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Family of Polish motorcycle crash victim thank Northern Ireland people for fundraising

 Father-of-one Krystian Calder died in a road crash close to his home in Kilrea on Saturday, May 14
Gareth McKeown

THE Polish family of a 20-year-old road crash victim have expressed their heartfelt thanks for help with the cost of bringing his body home.

Krystian Calder, who lived in Kilrea, Co Derry, died in a collision at Agivey Road, Aghadowey on the evening of Saturday May 14.

Mr Cadler, a father of one-and-half year old Olivia, was a passenger on a motorbike when it was in a collision with a van.

The Polish national had been returning home after watching the North West 200 races.

His older brother Gregor Cadler, who also lives in Kilrea, launched a fundraising appeal to help return his body to Swiecie in Poland for burial.

The efforts included an online Crowdfunding page which raised more than £3,000, far in excess of the initial £2,000 target.

After the overwhelming response, which in total helped raised almost £4,000 towards travel and funeral costs, Mr Calder thanked all those who supported them in their time of need.

"I would like thank everyone for their help and support and compassion, all the people who participated in the fundraising, in particular those inhabitants of the village Kilrea," he said.

He reserved special praise for the fundraising efforts of local businesses including Woodland Kitchens, Rasharkin and McAtamney Butchers, Kilrea .

It is understood that Woodland paid for the Cadler family's return flights to bring Krystian home.

The funeral for Krystian Calder took place in Swiecie on May 21.

Following the crash police renewed an appeal for information.

PSNI Inspector Ian Armour said he would particularly like to appeal to any motorcyclists who had a helmet-cam and may have captured the collision.

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