Cash appeal for relatives of East Durham College caretaker who was dragged under train

Darren White in Germany for a pre-season friendly with pal Tommy Ward (left) who was with him at the time of the rail tragedy

Darren White in Germany for a pre-season friendly with pal Tommy Ward (left) who was with him at the time of the rail tragedy

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A FUND has been set up to support the family of an football fan fighting for his life after being dragged under a train.

East Durham College caretaker Darren White, 41, is in a critical condition in London’s King’s College Hospital after he is thought to have collapsed while boarding a train at Bexleyheath Station, London, to head to the Magpies’ game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday morning.

He suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg and ribs, crushed pelvis, punctured lungs and lost five toes and skin from his back.

A fund has been set up to help his relatives with costs to cover travel to the hospital as well as accommodation.

It can be accessed via the Darren White Newcastle united Facebook page, which attracted more than 800 ‘likes’ within a day of being set up, and has raised more than £100.

The page has been set up by Lauren Wilkinson and Kelly Mould, daughters of Darren’s partner Karen Rodgers, and their husbands David Wilkinson and Darren Mould.

David, a 25-year-old welder and dad-of-three from Peterlee, said Darren’s condition was “touch and go”.

He ferried Lauren, Karen and Darren’s parents Dianne and Billy down to the hospital on Sunday, shortly after hearing about Darren’s ordeal.

He said hospital accommodation is only provided for families of sick youngsters, so Darren’s relatives were having to spend their nights in the hospital waiting room.

David added: “Darren is obviously well-loved. We are overwhelmed by all the support. He has many friends through football.”