TikTok star who flew to Tenerife to help find Jay Slater returns home, claims he hasn't seen any of the GoFundMe money

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A TikTok star who went to Tenerife to assist in the search for Jay Slater has claimed that he hasn't seen any of the GoFundMe money.

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Callum Fahim, who traveled to Tenerife after contacting Slater's mother online, informed Sky News that he withdrew from the search after two weeks due to death threats, per Sky News.

Fahim claimed neither he nor his group had received any funds from the GoFundMe campaign dedicated to finding Slater, and plans to return to the UK on Thursday.

In an interview with Sky News, Slater's family said his mother, Debbie Duncan, gave Fahim £740 of her own money for accommodation.

However, they allege that Fahim became "bitter" when more funds were not provided.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has raised just over £49,000.

Screenshot2024-07-03at16.35.08.jpegJay Slater vanished after a night out in Tenerife in June. Credit: Supplied

In a statement on the page, Duncan thanked the Spanish authorities and supporters. She mentioned that some funds would support volunteers searching the mountains for Slater, but Fahim has asserted he did not receive any money.

Referring to Fahim and another TikToker who joined the search, Duncan wrote: "We are currently looking after Paul Arnott, putting together a package of any equipment and essentials he needs and going up to do a drop for him. We are also supporting Callum Fahim and his group with accommodation and other essentials."

However, in an interview with Sky News, Fahim revealed he has not benefited from the fundraiser.

“I haven’t had anything from the GoFundMe. We have not had a bit of essentials paid for," Fahim said.

"I’ve never had any money from them whatsoever or even offers to go and pick anything up. If they had offered it, personally I would’ve said maybe a bit of a treat at the end of the week, but don’t worry about it.”


Fahim mentioned that he paid for his own ticket to Tenerife and, after a lengthy conversation with Duncan, decided to withdraw from the search.

“It's getting very out of control. The situation here is very dangerous at the moment. I have had death threats. I had a long conversation with her [Duncan] and decided I'm withdrawing,” he added.

Slater's family disputed Fahim's claims, stating that he initially agreed to be included in their statement but has since turned hostile.

They accused Fahim of seeking a "free holiday," saying he came to Tenerife of his own volition and asked for help with accommodation.

"This is about Jay and he's still missing, and we've got people crying about money. It's nothing to do with money," the family said.

"We're not sitting here doing nothing. We're doing everything we possibly can to find Jay. We can't go off down hills climbing on our own. We wouldn't like to be responsible for anyone hurting themselves."

jayslater2(1) (1).jpegCredit: Facebook

Fahim said he and a search party, including a local hiking group, had retraced possible routes Slater might have taken.

One group member, Milly, who lives on the island, said: "My group and I live here, we don't need accommodation. We haven't received a bottle of water. We haven't had anything and we wouldn't take it. We haven't even had a thank you."

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TikTok star who flew to Tenerife to help find Jay Slater returns home, claims he hasn't seen any of the GoFundMe money

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By James Kay

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A TikTok star who went to Tenerife to assist in the search for Jay Slater has claimed that he hasn't seen any of the GoFundMe money.

jayslater (2).jpegCredit: Instagram

Callum Fahim, who traveled to Tenerife after contacting Slater's mother online, informed Sky News that he withdrew from the search after two weeks due to death threats, per Sky News.

Fahim claimed neither he nor his group had received any funds from the GoFundMe campaign dedicated to finding Slater, and plans to return to the UK on Thursday.

In an interview with Sky News, Slater's family said his mother, Debbie Duncan, gave Fahim £740 of her own money for accommodation.

However, they allege that Fahim became "bitter" when more funds were not provided.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has raised just over £49,000.

Screenshot2024-07-03at16.35.08.jpegJay Slater vanished after a night out in Tenerife in June. Credit: Supplied

In a statement on the page, Duncan thanked the Spanish authorities and supporters. She mentioned that some funds would support volunteers searching the mountains for Slater, but Fahim has asserted he did not receive any money.

Referring to Fahim and another TikToker who joined the search, Duncan wrote: "We are currently looking after Paul Arnott, putting together a package of any equipment and essentials he needs and going up to do a drop for him. We are also supporting Callum Fahim and his group with accommodation and other essentials."

However, in an interview with Sky News, Fahim revealed he has not benefited from the fundraiser.

“I haven’t had anything from the GoFundMe. We have not had a bit of essentials paid for," Fahim said.

"I’ve never had any money from them whatsoever or even offers to go and pick anything up. If they had offered it, personally I would’ve said maybe a bit of a treat at the end of the week, but don’t worry about it.”


Fahim mentioned that he paid for his own ticket to Tenerife and, after a lengthy conversation with Duncan, decided to withdraw from the search.

“It's getting very out of control. The situation here is very dangerous at the moment. I have had death threats. I had a long conversation with her [Duncan] and decided I'm withdrawing,” he added.

Slater's family disputed Fahim's claims, stating that he initially agreed to be included in their statement but has since turned hostile.

They accused Fahim of seeking a "free holiday," saying he came to Tenerife of his own volition and asked for help with accommodation.

"This is about Jay and he's still missing, and we've got people crying about money. It's nothing to do with money," the family said.

"We're not sitting here doing nothing. We're doing everything we possibly can to find Jay. We can't go off down hills climbing on our own. We wouldn't like to be responsible for anyone hurting themselves."

jayslater2(1) (1).jpegCredit: Facebook

Fahim said he and a search party, including a local hiking group, had retraced possible routes Slater might have taken.

One group member, Milly, who lives on the island, said: "My group and I live here, we don't need accommodation. We haven't received a bottle of water. We haven't had anything and we wouldn't take it. We haven't even had a thank you."

Featured image credit: Facebook