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Dad's emotional thanks for helping bring daughter's body home

2015-06-05 17:48:10

Fiona ReidFiona Reid from Aston who died in a car crash in Jamaica

The devastated father of a girl killed in a horror crash in Jamaica today told Mail readers: “Thank you for helping bring my beautiful Fiona home.”

Fiona Reid, a mother of two, died in a smash on the Caribbean island when her car collided with a lorry and burst into flames.

Her dad Kevin, launched a desperate appeal for cash because Fiona, 31, was uninsured.

As well as coping with crippling grief, he was facing financial ruin because it would cost more than £15,000 to pay for her body to come back.

Fiona ReidThe late Fiona Reid from Aston

Now Mr Reid has thanked well-wishers who have raised £17,500 to bring her home, so her family and friends can say goodbye properly.

Kevin Reid now faces an anxious wait for a death certificate to be completed on the island so his daughter Fiona’s funeral can take place in Birmingham.

Donations to an internet crowdfunding page alone have exceeded the £15,000 target and the remainder will be put into a trust fund for her children.

Police in Jamaica say the 31-year-old was a passenger in a Toyota Yaris when the driver lost control and collided with a Nissan Navara truck.

Fiona, from Aston, was taken to hospital where she died while being treated.

Her post-mortem took place last week, showing injuries consistent with the crash.

Mr Reid said: “We are waiting for the death certificate to be signed by a magistrate, or something along those lines, and returned to the funeral home.

“People have been so supportive, it’s unbelievable.

They carried on donating even when we reached the target and the donations came from people of all ages and from all walks of life, some were anonymous and were just from people who were touched by the story. We have raised enough to do everything we need and the money which is left over will be put into a trust fund for the children to secure their future.

“We want to thank everyone for their generosity and support, it has given us a lot of comfort.” As no record can be found of Fiona having taken out travel insurance her family are having to pay for her repatriation.

Mr Reid, 52, said: “Then it all starts again and it will become a lot more real to the family.

“There is a second wave of hurt on its way. It’s already taking its toll on her mother and sister as the amount of time which has passed is longer than most people have to wait.

“We’re just grateful everyone has been so supportive, we can’t thank them enough.”

Fiona’s friend was also hurt in the crash, which took place on May 11 in St Catherine to the south east of the island.

Fiona, nicknamed FeFe, leaves behind a 10-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl and attended the former Perry Common Comprehensive School and worked at a doctor’s surgery in Handsworth..

The holidaymaker was the eldest of Mr Reid’s two daughters and has three sisters on her biological mother’s side.

As well as the Go Fund Me page, a memorial and fundraising evening was held at the Emerald Club in Small Heath.

“We are just waiting for funeral home now,” Mr Reid said. “We have done everything we can and it is out of our hands.”

Mr Reid, from Maypole, also thanked the Birmingham Mail for publicising the family’s appeal.

•The Go Fund Me page can be found at www.gofundme.com/un8b3w8z

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