Taxi Driver Hailed as Hero After Car Explodes, Ongoing Fundraiser Brings in Over R390k

Taxi Driver Hailed as Hero After Car Explodes, Ongoing Fundraiser Brings in Over R390k

  • A taxi driver identified as David Perry has been lauded for his bravery after he escaped his vehicle during an explosion
  • The incident has been described as an act of terrorism by UK police who are currently investigating what caused it
  • Reports state that four men aged between 20 and 29 years old have been arrested in connection with the explosion

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A video of a car exploding outside Liverpool Women's Hospital has been a cause for concern for many. The taxi driver who was in the vehicle at the time of the explosion has received praise for his bravery.

Identified as David Perry, the taxi driver reportedly locked the doors of the vehicle and managed to escape. The passenger - whose identity is known by police - died at the scene and is said to have had a homemade explosive device on him which detonated outside the medical facility.

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The incident has been labelled an act of terrorism and police have arrested four men in connection with the explosion.

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Taxi driver David Perry has been praised for his bravery following the explosion of his taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital. Image: PAUL ELLIS/AFP
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The Telegraph posted a video of the explosion on their YouTube channel. According to well-known local publication Liverpool Echo, Perry did not sustain any life-threatening injuries and was discharged from hospital.

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The report explained that the four arrested men aged between 20 and 29 years old, will be interviewed at the Counter-Terrorism offices on Monday, 15 November. A report by BBC revealed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson also praised the actions of Perry stating that he had an 'incredible presence of mind' and added that he was brave.

In a bid of support for Perry, a lady by the name of Jenny Phillips has started a fundraiser for him and his family. So far, R398 000 has been raised. The aim of the fundraiser is to assist the Perry as he currently has no source of income.

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Over R240k raised for dad left for dead and now paralysed, but there's a long way to go for Shadrack Kuchale

In other fundraising news, Briefly News reported that South Africans banded together to raise a phenomenal R240k, and counting, for Shadrack Kuchale, who became quadriplegic after a brutal robbery.

The incident took place on 1 September when Kuchale was walking to work in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He is a dad of two and was the breadwinner of his family. But after the tragic event, the family man won't be able to return to work as he is completely paralysed from his shoulders down.

'The Angel Network' created a BackaBuddy fundraiser where donations are coming in at a good pace. However, due to Kuchale's escalating medical and home bills, the target increased to R500k.

Security guard’s jaw drops when BI Phakathi gifts him Nike shoes worth thousands

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Previously, Briefly News reported on another story involving giving back. BI Phakathi, South Africa's faceless philanthropist, convinced a security guard, Joseph, to try on a pair of Nike shoes that easily cost over R1 500. It was under the pretence that he wanted to see if they fit a size nine foot properly.

The security guard reluctantly tries on the shoes after unsuccessfully trying to tell BI that he is sure the shoes will fit without testing them. When he slips the shoes on, BI lets him know that he can keep them and wishes him a merry Christmas.

BI then gives him a further R1 000 in cash for his family and tells him that he deserves it because he works hard.

Source: Briefly News

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