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Derby Cathedral candle tribute for injured Mathew Taylor

The family of a Derbyshire teacher seriously injured in Bali have lit 400 candles at Derby Cathedral.

Mathew Taylor, 30, has been in a Singapore hospital since suffering head injuries in a motorcycle crash in July.

His family have so far had to pay £172,000 for his treatment as he had not taken out health insurance while working as a teacher on the island.

The candles will represent up to 400 Britons seriously injured abroad without insurance over the past year.

Mr Taylor's father Darrell, who collected donations after Monday's service, said the ordeal had been "devastating" for the family.

However, he hoped doctors treating his son would soon decide he was well enough to be flown home.

Canon Dave Perkins said: "The candles will make people more aware of all these people who are separated from their families - sometimes for a long time.

"What we can do at the cathedral is to hold Mathew in our prayers and allow Darrell to light all these candles and just hope something will happen very soon."

Mr Taylor's situation has led Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, to call for new legislation requiring Britons travelling abroad to make sure they have adequate insurance cover before leaving the UK.

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