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Dad's joy as body of daughter finally flies back to UK after Jamaica crash

2015-07-09 22:12:15

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An emotional father has spoken of the moment the body of his daughter returned home - two months after her death in a horror holiday crash in Jamaica.

Kevin Reid gave his heartfelt thanks to Birmingham Mail readers who helped raise more than £16,000 to finally fly the body of his treasured daughter home.

Fiona Reid, from Aston, died in a fatal road smash while in holiday in Jamaica on May 11.

But as the 32-year-old mum had no travel insurance her beloved family appealed for help to get Fiona back to the UK for her funeral.

Now almost two months on, Fiona’s body finally arrived back in Birmingham on Monday July 6, after family, friends and readers of the Mail raised £16,727 through a Gofundme donation page.

It meant her father Kevin was at last able to see his eldest daughter for the first time since her tragic death.

“She is finally home at last,” said Kevin Reid. “It is a huge weight off my shoulders.

“I just want to thank everyone for their support, including the Birmingham Mail.

“The community has really come together.

“A lot of people, including strangers, have taken the time to contact us and support us.

“Our confidence in other humans has just been restored, as people took the time and space to help us, either by donating financially or sharing their comfort and support with their words.”

Jamaican police say that was a passenger in a Toyota Yaris when the driver lost control and collided with a Nissan Navara truck.

The mum-of-two was taken to hospital where she died while being treated.

“There has been a lot of contacting Jamaica and sorting paperwork,” added Kevin.

“Now we can go ahead and make funeral arrangements.

“Since it all happened, it has been two months since I saw Fiona.

“You always hold onto that hope that it could be a mistake, until I finally saw her body.

“Seeing her lying there was very upsetting.

“But it was also good to say the final goodbyes. It is a relief that she is home at last.”

Kevin added that the family have started making arrangements for her funeral, and they will announce the date shortly.

Martina’s sister Fiona also posted a message of gratitude on her fund-raising page.

She said: “Once again we would like to thank everyone for your support, Fiona has arrived safely back on British soil where she belongs, and we can now finally prepare to lay her to rest.

“Thank you to all who have taken time out to visit this page and with love in your hearts have donated to this unfortunate and tragic crisis.

“We can honestly say from the bottom of our hearts, that you the people, out there have truly restored our faith in humanity during these troubled times in a very troubled world that we live in.”

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