Family of Stevenage’s Conor Spraggs strive to set up charity after his death in Ibiza brawl

PUBLISHED: 07:39 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:39 26 October 2018

Conor Spraggs with his mum Lisa. Picture courtesy of Shannon Johnson.

Conor Spraggs with his mum Lisa. Picture courtesy of Shannon Johnson.

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The family of Stevenage’s Conor Spraggs, who died following a street brawl in Ibiza in August, are appealing for support to set up a charity in his name.

Conor Spraggs died while on holiday in Ibiza. Picture courtesy of Shannon Johnson.Conor Spraggs died while on holiday in Ibiza. Picture courtesy of Shannon Johnson.

Conor, 23, died in the town of San Antonio at 3.30am on August 12 – hours before he had been due to fly home – after reportedly being involved in a fight with other holidaymakers near the seafront.

Hundreds of people donated money to help bring his body home and pay for his funeral, with more than £14,000 raised.

Conor’s mum, Lisa, said: “With the help of our community and the kindness of strangers we were able to raise enough money to bring him home and lay him to rest. However, we have had messages from people who were not able to do this and we want to be able to help.

“We are fundraising to make the Conor Spraggs Foundation a registered charity so we can help other families bring their loved ones home after they have died abroad.

“The cost of repatriating a body is extortionate. For us it was £6,000, but I have heard people paying up to £12,000.

“We have to have a minimum of £5,000 to register as a charity. We have to do it soon, while it’s still fresh in people’s minds.”

Conor was a pupil at Fairlands Primary School and The Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage and went on to work with luxury furniture.

Lisa said: “He was a very funny lad and so loving. He would never see anyone on their own. Even when he was at school, he would leave his friends and go to someone on their own and say ‘I’ll walk with you’. He was always there for other people.

“Before he went to Ibiza, he said he knew what he wanted in life. He wanted to travel and he wanted to help other people.

“We encouraged him to go – that’s where I struggle – and he went by himself to make friends.

“He said he was enjoying himself. He found peace out there.

“He was my best friend and his death will always be a waste, but the foundation keeps him with us. He was such a giving person and the foundation will represent who he was.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/conorspraggs. Fundraising events will be posted on the Conor Spraggs Foundation Facebook page.

Six British citizens, aged between 18 and 21, were arrested on the day of Conor’s death and Lisa says she has been told the investigation could take up to two years to conclude.

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