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Tributes to Rory Baldwin pour in as £10k raised for funeral after tragic Rochester discovery

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Original article from Kent Live

A fundraiser set up to support the costs of a funeral and wake for Rory Baldwin has seen more than £10,000 donated in 24 hours.

Rory, 25, from Farnham in Surrey went missing on a night out in Rochester in the early hours of last Saturday (July 31).

A search was conducted for him, with many people sharing a plea from his sister Milli, to look out for him.

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He was tragically found dead the following Sunday (August 1) near St Margaret's Street in Rochester.

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This resulted in a heartbreaking post from his sister, paying tribute to her older brother.

She said: "She said: "Unfortunately we didn't get the best of news last night as we had been told that my dear big brother had passed away too soon in his life.

"Rory loved you all and he will be dearly missed.

"He had a huge impact on so so so many peoples lives and everyone who had the absolute pleasure of meeting him knows that he was the most down to earth guy ever.

"RIP Big Brother, I'm going to miss you more than you will ever know, we will be reunited eventually but until then, just hold on."

Money raised

A GoFundMe page was set up by Zain Graham, Declan Collacott, Liam Hawkes and Joe Lane yesterday to help contribute to any funeral and wake costs.

At the time of writing it has accrued an incredible £10,090 from 268 donors.

This far exceeds the initial target of the fundraiser to contribute £2,000.

Tributes have been pouring in for Rory since last weekend, with flowers left at the Vines where he was last seen alive.

Flowers were also left at St Margaret's Church, nearby to where his body was eventually found.

Friends and strangers gathered to remember him there at a shrine created at the foot of a tree.

Rory attended Rainham Mark Grammar School between 2006 and 2013 before working as a senior asset information analyst at South East Water, based in Snodland, from November 2013 until June 2018.

It was thought that he had returned to Medway for a birthday celebration.

If you would like to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so at the link here.

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