Montrose grandmother raises funds to educate Thai grandson

David Wyllie, who tragically died in a road accident in Thailand, is pictured with his son, William, and partner Kai.
David Wyllie, who tragically died in a road accident in Thailand, is pictured with his son, William, and partner Kai.

A Montrose grandmother is striving to raise funds to honour her son’s wishes for her grandson’s education.

Earlier this year, Trish Winton tragically lost her son David Wyllie (36) in a road accident in Thailand, where he had been living.

David’s death has left his Thai partner, Kai, and their two-year-old son, William, without an income.

They also have no means to pay for a good education at an English speaking school.

Trish said: “I fear that without an English education my grandson William will lose his spoken English and I might not have a common language with him in the future.

“I am fulfilling my son’s wishes that William gets a good education.

“David, who spoke a mixture of Thai and English with his partner Kai, knew English was vital for William to maintain links with his Scottish family.”

The school, Reps Rayong, that David wanted to enrol William at, is near the youngster’s home town of Ban Chang.

It is an English speaking school in the Rayong province in the east of Thailand, a short bus journey away.

Trish explained: “David’s partner, Kai, will not receive any benefits from the Thai government and is currently unable to work as William does not start nursery until March next year. She has to rely on what little money she has saved. Hopefully once he starts school she will be able to find part-time work.”

She added: “It will cost around £2500 per year to attend this school and £30,000 in total from nursery to year 13, so I am putting all my energy into fundraising efforts in order to achieve this goal.”

Trish recently retired as a teacher and celebrated her big birthday with a party in the Park Hotel and asked for donations for William’s fund rather than gifts.

A raffle was also held and the grand sum of £520 was raised.

There was an overwhelming response from local businesses who kindly donated prizes. Other donations from work colleagues, family and friends totalled around £2000.

Trish will continue raising funds with a ceilidh next year, probably in the Hillside Hall.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to William’s fund can contact Trish direct for further details at: trishawinton@aol.com