Fundraising for Judo star

LtoR Helen & Denis Quinn (Stephanie's Aunt & Uncle), Pauline Quinn (Cousin), Denise Watt (Cousin) & Yvonne Lindsay (Friend)
LtoR Helen & Denis Quinn (Stephanie's Aunt & Uncle), Pauline Quinn (Cousin), Denise Watt (Cousin) & Yvonne Lindsay (Friend)

Bonnyrigg family and friends of the Scottish Judo star who was nearly killed in a road accident in Thailand have been busy raising money for her.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stephanie Inglis suffered head injuries in a motorbike accident in Vietnam on May 10.

After being woken from an induced coma last week, she was flown home on Monday after showing small signs of recovery in a hospital in Thailand, and is now in intensive care at The Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Stephanie’s parents Alison and Robert lived in the Waverley area of Bonnyrigg for many years before moving to Inverness, and now those who knew them are doing what they can to raise money for the fighter.

Stephanie’s cousin Denise Watt (40)still lives in Bonnyrigg and has been busy doing what she can to raise money for the ‘Steph Fund’.

She said: “I had a cake sale at Standard Life which raised £500. My dad did a book sale making £130 and our night at the Rose club last Friday pulled in £2,030.

“At Poltonhall Gala Day we raised £556 with a tombola, ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’, and ‘guess the teddy’s name’. Collection buckets at The Chase pub, The Anvil and The Calderwood 
raised £262.

“Together we have raised £3,830 so far. All the money is put on to the go funding page.

“It just shows you the amount of support for the family here in Bonnyrigg.

“Obviously the funds are needed. It has now got her back to Scotland. But there are still the costs of the medical bills. Every little helps as they say. We just wanted to do what we can.

“She has still got a long way to go. But she is on UK ground now, so it’s a big step forward.

“I will just be glad to get my auntie Alison and uncle Robert back as well.”

Stephanie (27) had been in Vietnam for four months teaching English to underprivileged children when the accident happened.

It is understood that a long skirt she was wearing, and which she had tied up for the bike journey, became unravelled and caught in the wheel of the motorbike, pulling 
her off it and on to the road.

More than 7,000 people have contributed to the overall ‘Steph fund’, raising more than £300,000.