Former Motherwell owner’s donation for stricken judo star

Stephanie Inglis won silver at Glasgow 2014

Stephanie Inglis won silver at Glasgow 2014

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Former Motherwell FC owner Les Hutchison has donated £10,000 to help fund the hospital care of a Scottish judo star critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Vietnam.

Commonwealth Games medallist Stephanie Inglis, from Inverness, suffered head injuries when her skirt caught in a wheel of the vehicle and pulled her off the bike on Tuesday.

It happened as she made her way to the school where she has been teaching English to underprivileged children for the last four months.

The 27-year-old, who won silver at Glasgow 2014, is being treated in a hospital intensive care unit in Hanoi where she is said to be in a coma.

A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for her medical bills has received donations of more than £130,000 since being set up on Thursday night.

As he pledged his donation on behalf of the club Mr Hutchison wrote: “To one young Scottish winner from a team of young Scottish Youth Cup winners (Motherwell FC) You can do it ...... Keep fighting.”

Family friend and fellow judo athlete Khalid Gehlan, who created the appeal, said Ms Inglis’s travel insurance had expired and her hospital stay was costing £2,000 a day.

He said: “We would like to thank Motherwell FC for the £10,000 donation given to help Stephanie Inglis’s care and repatriation, we would also like to thank everyone else who has donated so far.

“The effort that everyone has given so far has given Stephanie a better chance, sometimes we forget how lucky we are with the NHS here, and take it for granted that if anything happens to you or your loved ones they are given the best treatment without the thought of money.”