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Thousands Raised For Family Of Hero Who Died Jumping Into Thames To Save Woman

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Thousands Raised For Family Of Hero Who Died Jumping Into Thames To Save Woman

More than £130,000 has been raised for the family of the heroic man who died after jumping into the River Thames in London, in an attempt to save a woman's life.

Folajimi 'Jimi' Olubunmi-Adewole, 20, was walking home from work when he saw the woman fall from London Bridge into the Thames and was said to be 'adamant' that he had to rescue her.

Tributes on GoFundMe. Credit: GoFundMe
Tributes on GoFundMe. Credit: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Jimi's family with funeral costs and beyond - the college graduate was the family's breadwinner, supporting his parents and siblings.

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At the time of writing, there have been more than 8,100 donors with a total of £139,865 being raised, far exceeding an initial £25,000 goal.

The sum was raised within three days of the page being set up.

Many people have left tributes of gratitude, thanks and passed on their condolences to Jimi's family, with one writing: "Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole. You are brave hero, who gave your life for someone you did not even know."

They went on to add: "My condolences to your family and friends and it will be fitting to have something named after you to remember you by."

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Another wrote: "I feel so much compassion for the family & friends of this gallant young man. The pride I feel for his selfless act I cannot put into words.

"He has changed the negative narrative too often associated with young black men. Parents you raised a king.. Stand in glory Jimi."

A third commented: "Folajimi, you are the best of us. Your courage, selflessness, sheer humanity and determination will be a light in our hearts for generations to come. You rest in peace now, legend."

Jimi's friend Bernard Kosia on Good Morning Britain. Credit: ITV
Jimi's friend Bernard Kosia on Good Morning Britain. Credit: ITV
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Jimi's friend, Bernard Kosia, who was with him at around midnight on Saturday (24 April), told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "Jimi was adamant, for some reason, that he didn't care [about himself]. He didn't think twice as to what was going to happen.

"I just remember him saying, 'Bernard, I have to save her, I'm going to save her.'"

He described his friend as a 'neighbourhood hero', adding: "To risk your life in such a way, you don't see that every day."

There is now a campaign for Jimi to be awarded a posthumous George Cross for bravery which is being backed by people far and wide.

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The Coastguard and the Metropolitan Police's marine unit rescued the woman and one of the men, but could not locate the other.

A body was found at 6am on Saturday morning, police said, which has since been formally identified.

You can make a donation here.

RIP Jimi.

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe

Topics: UK News, News, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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