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Family of British landscape architect killed by Putin’s troops in Ukraine raises more than £12,000

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Family of British father of four landscapers, 48, killed by Putin’s troops in Ukraine raise more than £12,000 to take his body home for ‘hero funeral’

  • Volunteer medic Craig Mackintosh, 48, was shot dead in Kharkiv . on Wednesday
  • Landscape architect from Thetford, Norfolk, volunteered to support Ukraine
  • His sister Lorna said it would cost around £4,000 to repatriate his body

The family of a British father of four landscapers who was killed by Russian troops while serving as a volunteer medic with Ukrainian troops has raised more than £12,000 to bring his body home for a ‘hero funeral’.

Craig Stanley Mackintosh, 48, of Thetford, Norfolk, was shot dead last Wednesday when his team was ambushed.

It is believed he was shot in the neck while trying to help an injured comrade in a vehicle hit by a tank shell near the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

His sister Lorna wrote on a GoFundMe Page: ‘Our brother bravely volunteered to go to [Ukraine] as a medic to help save lives in this war-torn country.

This selfless man is currently stranded in a morgue in Ukraine and there is no help to get him home.

“We have spoken to an international funeral director and it will cost around £4,000 to have him repatriated back to the UK.

“He gave his life to save others and he must return home to receive the service he deserves.

‘A true heroic service surrounded by his family and friends. Please, please help bring our hero home.”

Craig Stanley Mackintosh, 48, of Thetford, Norfolk, was shot dead last Wednesday when his team was ambushed

It is believed he was hit in the neck while trying to help an injured comrade in a vehicle hit by a tank grenade near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv

It is believed he was hit in the neck while trying to help an injured comrade in a vehicle hit by a tank grenade near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv

Turner Funerals of Thetford arranges to return Mr Mackintosh’s body to his hometown.

The company president, Lydia Turner, said her partner Mal Offen and another member of staff would drive more than 1,700 miles through France, Germany and Poland to collect his body from a morgue in the city of Lozova.

Mackintosh, who had two daughters and two stepdaughters, served in the Territorial Army from age 16 to 23 when he aspired to become a full-time soldier.

But an inoperable cyst near his brain meant he failed a medical exam to join the British Army, and he became a landscape gardener and tree surgeon.

After being in constant pain from a chainsaw accident, he decided to voluntarily join the Ukrainian war effort as a medic and left the UK on March 24.

He returned briefly in April for a period of leave before embarking on a second tour with a volunteer crew in Ukraine in early August.

His sister Lorna wrote on a GoFundMe page: 'Our brother bravely volunteered to go to [Ukraine] as a medic to help save lives in this war-torn country'

His sister Lorna wrote on a GoFundMe page: ‘Our brother bravely volunteered to go to [Ukraine] as a medic to help save lives in this war-torn country’

Mackintosh served in the Territorial Army from the ages of 16 to 23 when he aspired to become a full-time soldier, but an inoperable cyst near his brain meant he failed a medical exam to join the British Army. to connect

Mackintosh served in the Territorial Army from the ages of 16 to 23 when he aspired to become a full-time soldier, but an inoperable cyst near his brain meant he failed a medical exam to join the British Army. to connect

Lorna said, “He told us this would be his ‘last hurrah’ before he ‘come back to Blighty to become a gardener’ in October.”

She added: “It had always been his dream to serve in the armed forces, and when he saw the conflict unfold and the devastation, he decided he wanted to go out and help people.

“Craig was the kind of person who would see a difficult situation and try to make someone laugh. He was a real morale booster and very funny.

“He was known and loved and earned the respect of entire villages – he just wanted to help people.”

In another Facebook post, she added: “Craig touched the hearts of many people here and in Ukraine and will always be remembered as a true hero.”

Mr Mackintosh’s other sister, Claire, said, “We still don’t understand the full picture. We got bits of information from kind hearted volunteers who gave us what they know.

“We feel there has been a serious lack of support to help bring his body back to England and to those volunteering on the front lines.”

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