A large number of pounds has been raised to help the groups of a British couple who died within hours of one another in Australia. Previous Market Drayton Town footballer Jason Francis, 29, was hit by a vehicle close to the home he imparted to accomplice Alice Robinson in Scarborough, Perth.
Ms Robinson, who was said to have been “devastated”, was later discovered dead
In excess of 32,000 Australian dollars (£17,938) has been given since Christmas Eve. A Go Fund Me Page said this would assist their relatives with any costs that may be brought about in sending the couple’s bodies home.
Mr Francis had been on multi-day out with companions from Cottesloe Rugby Club, before getting a taxi home on Saturday evening. Western Australia Police said a white VW Jetta, driven by an 18-year-elderly person, hit a male passerby on Stanley Street in Scarborough.
Sam Diamond, president of the rugby club, which Mr Francis joined at the beginning of the year after moving to the area, said of the couple: “They were two of the finest people you could meet.
“They well and truly ingrained themselves in our club.”
He said he comprehended Ms Robinson had gone outside the couple’s home to research when she saw the glimmering emergency lights.
“She was told by first responders that it was Jason they were working on,” he said.
“We don’t know what happened to her after this. I know the police have launched an inquiry into it.
“She has gone missing after notifying some of our friends of what’s happened (to Mr Francis) and hasn’t been found until the next morning.”
Mr Diamond added: “Jason was the sort of person that’s always got the time of day for everyone. Loved talking, loved working out, loved staying fit and healthy.
“They were just genuine, down-to-earth, fantastic people.”
Paul McMullen said: “You young man was such a fine piece of our puzzle at MDTFC during our success and it was a pleasure to be part of it playing alongside you.”