Wynter Emerson with his father Shon.

Community rallies behind family

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The funeral for Nelson teenager Wynter Emerson will be held at the Nayland College Hall this Saturday, after an overwhelming response to an appeal is helping to bring Wynter home to Nelson.

Wynter’s body was found in Lake Union in Seattle on September 8, after the 18-year-old former Nayland College student was reported missing since attending a music festival in Seattle that ended on September 1.

Wynter had been travelling in Canada and the United States for about two months and was expected to return to New Zealand in December.

A PayPal fund was set up to help the family bring their son home, and this week Wynter’s parents, Shon and Ally, and his brothers, Tyler and Seth, issued a statement saying “we have been completely overwhelmed with the support from the local community, our friends, family and Wynter’s  employers, Benge and Co Stoke and Hangar 58”.

“The ‘Bring Wynter Home’ fund continues to receive donations from wonderful, caring people from all over the world, some of whom we do not even know. People from all across New Zealand and as far away as Norway, UK, Canada and America have made donations, both large and small.

“At present you have donated just over $32,000, which is going to be an enormous help to us in getting our Wynter back home. We want to sincerely thank those who have taken the time to donate, visit, and send messages of support, flowers and food. Thank you does not seem to be enough.

“Although it is a very difficult time, we are so comforted by the knowledge that Wynter has touched so many lives.  What parent wouldn’t be proud that their son made such an impression on the people who he has met.”

Donations to bring Wynter back home can be made to PayPal.com, Bring [email protected] or by making a deposit in Bring Wynter Home,  Kiwi Bank account number 38 9013 000 98 73 00, reference, Wynter.