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Donations to repatriate holiday rep Lydia Lewinson

Lydia Lewinson Image copyright Stella Bashorun
Image caption Ms Lewinson's family said they want her buried in Coventry

Donations have been made to help repatriate the body of a "popular and brave" holiday rep who died in Cyprus.

Lydia Lewinson, 21, from Coventry, died following a moped accident in the resort town of Ayia Napa on 6 July.

A fundraising page launched to help bring her back to the UK for her burial has exceeded its £6,000 target.

Tributes have been pouring in with Ms Lewinson being remembered as "beautiful" and the "life and soul of the party".

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Her friend Stella Bashorun, 20, set up the funding page on Thursday and said she was "shocked" at the response within 24-hours.

"Lydia has several jobs in Coventry, so she was very popular. A lot of people knew her." said Ms Bashorun.

"Everybody loved her, she was brave and cheeky. She would love this attention right now."

Friends and relatives have taken to social media to pay tribute to Ms Lewinson, including West Ham United footballer Reece Oxford and British DJ and presenter Tim Westwood, who tweeted: "R.I.P. Lydia - please help her family bring her home from Ayia Napa".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: "We are providing support to the family of a British national following their death in Cyprus on 6 July".

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