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Ukraine air crash: Leeds student Richard Mayne’s family meet David Cameron

Relatives of Leeds University student Richard Mayne and families of other British victims who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed are meeting with PM David Cameron today.

Richard, 20, was studying Maths and Finance at the university while volunteering to raise money for charity in his spare time before he died on the plane that is now believed to have been shot down.


Mr Cameron will be there to express his condolences to the Maynes and other families as well as discussing the international response to the crash.

DiabetesMr Mayne was planning an exhibition to Mount Everest next March to raise money for children’s charity Kidasha, who thanked what they called a wonderful young man.

A JustGiving page he set up for the project has received £14,556 for the charity since news of his death was made public.

In a post to his donations page, Richard’s parents said: “We have been overwhelmed by the consoling sentiments and messages left by our donors. Our heartfelt thanks go out to you all”.

They have since closed down the money raising page and asked money to be given instead to Leicestershire Parents’ Group of Diabetes UK, which supported Richard after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight.

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