£23k raised for Offally air crash victims Kacper Kacprzak and Neil Bowditch
Almost £23,000 has been raised for the families of seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak and pilot Neil Bowditch, who were killed in a plane crash in Co Offaly on Sunday afternoon.
A GoFundMe campaign, set up by Irish Parachute Club member Allaiouti Hassan, said they are heartbroken by the loss of "two cherished members. This is a difficult time for us all," he wrote.
"I know that our skydiving family and the wider community want to come together and do what we can to support the families affected by this tragic accident.
"I myself have a son the same age as Kacper who loves planes.
"Having met Kacper at the club, I know he was such a beautiful boy who would touch anyone's heart."
Mr Bowditch, also known as 'Billy', was described as a "true gentleman and a thoughtful and great pilot", by Mr Hassan.
The plane, which crashed near Clonbullogue, nosedived straight into a forest and submerged itself around 15 feet deep in bogland.
Kacper and Mr Bowditch were killed minutes after 16 parachutists from the Irish Parachute Club successfully made a jump. The boy's father Kris was one of those who jumped from the aircraft.