Essex crime: Fundraiser for Leigh-on-Sea fatal attack victim raises more than £14,000 in nine days – Essex Live

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A fundraising page has been set up to help the family
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A friend of a dad who died after an attack in an Essex town centre says the "shock will never go away".
A GoFundMe page was launched nine days ago for the family of Philip Mersh, who was attacked in Leigh-on-Sea on October 31 at around 6pm.
The page has already raised £14,000 in the space of about nine days.
Emergency services were called to the Broadway and Mr Mersh, 43, was taken to the Royal London Hospital with serious injuries.
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Tragically, he died on November 2 in hospital as a result of those injuries.
The fundraiser was launched shortly after his death by friends of Mr Mersh, in a bid to help his family with funeral costs and the Christmas period. The total raised now stands at more than £14,500.
Organiser Paul Morrish wrote that the page had been "difficult" to set up and that Mr Mersh "would never be forgotten".
After the page reached the £14,000 mark, Mr Morrish shared an update thanking everyone for the support.
He said: "I just wanted to say a massive thank you to every single one of you for anything you have given.
"I know that [his partner] is blown away with people's kindness and words on this page and quite frankly it has helped me deal with this situation in some sort of way knowing that there is many nice and kind people in the world.
"It just shows how liked Phil and the family were, be it in leigh or around the globe as we have had donations from all over the world.

"Thanks again to every one of you and everyone that has messaged me privately it’s helping me deal with this shocking news.

"Much love to all of your and stay safe."
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Essex Police have launched a murder investigation and enquiries are ongoing.
Daniel Ballard, 31, of Lincoln Close, Southend, was arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the assault and is next due to appear in court on November 30.
On November 18, an inquest was opened into Mr Mersh's death, finding a provisional cause of death as 1A head injuries.
Various tributes to Mr Mersh were left on the fundraising page, saying he was a "kind soul" and would be "deeply missed".
His family previously paid tribute to him, saying they had been "shattered" by his loss.
They said: "Our world has been shattered by the loss of my soul mate, an amazing daddy, a loving son, caring brother and loyal friend.
“Phil touched so many people with joy and laughter.
“Our lives will never be the same without him, never will be forgotten, forever in our hearts.”
The police are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage to come forward.
People can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
The incident number to quote is 1132 of October 31.
You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To donate to the fundraiser, click here.
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