Tate Modern: Well-wishers raise over £20,000 for boy, 6, ‘thrown from viewing platform’

Josh Salisbury (09 August, 2019)

The money will go towards providing him with 'gold standard care' states the appeal as he remains critical but stable

27885Tate Modern (Image: Fred Romero / CC.20)

Over £20,000 has been raised by well-wishers to pay for the medical bills of the six-year-old allegedly thrown 100 feet from the Tate Modern.

The boy, a French national visiting London with his family, suffered serious injuries after falling from the Tate’s viewing platform to a fifth-floor roof.

He reportedly sustained bleeding on the brain, fractured spine, arms and legs, and is in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in hospital.

A fundraising page set up by Vicky Diplacto, 31 – who is not known to the family – has raised over £20,000 for the boy’s medical treatment, so that he can receive ‘gold standard care’.

“I have started this campaign as it is a truly horrendous incident,” states the nurse on the fundraising page.

“My family were unfortunately in a similar situation five years ago when my brother suffered a similar accident.

“I have a young son myself, I am a nurse, and having been through the experience of this and understanding how difficult it is has been the driving force behind showing support to this family through such a tragic time.”

Over £20,000 has been raised to pay for the little boy’s medical bills

The money has been raised in euros so that the family will be able to use it if and when they need to, the appeal adds.

“I want the family to know I haven’t taken my mind off their little boy since the incident. I hope they receive all the care & support they need,” said one of the over five hundred donors.

“My heart breaks for both him and his parents. I wish you well little one,” added another.

It comes after a 17-year-old appeared in court on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

The teen – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was remanded in youth custody to appear in court in November, ahead of a potential trial date on February 2020.

Officers have asked anyone with information about the incident at the Bankside attraction to contact them on 0208 721 4868 or @MetCC quoting CAD 4660/4August.

Crimestoppers can be contacted completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you wish to donate to the fundraiser, you can find it here. 


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