WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance staff have paid condolences to Hannah Cubin, 14, who died at the weekend as fundraising in her name broke the £16,000 barrier.
And dad Andy has praised all who have contributed as ‘superheroes’.
Hannah, of Crudwell, near Malmesbury, was spending the night at a friend’s house just minutes from home when she stopped breathing, just three days after her birthday.
Mum Dawn performed CPR while Andy gave mouth to mouth resuscitation before paramedics arrived.
Wilthire Air Ambulance was on standby as they battled unsuccessfully to save Hannah’s life.
Andy, 54, a former Red Arrows pilot who was awarded the MBE for his 20 years’ RAF service, and mum Dawn, 50, set up a JustGiving page so friends and family could donate to Wiltshire Air Ambulance instead of sending flowers or cards.
They were astonished when their £1,000 target was reached within minutes.
This morning the amount donated topped £10,000 and at 9.30pm today stood at nearly £17,500.
Andy posted this afternoon: “To all the superheroes who have donated to Hannah’s fund. We are now 24 hours old and have raised a total (including the gift aid) of £17361.32.
“This is utterly stupendous and we cannot thank you enough. We have read each and every message and, although we can’t answer all of them, we salute family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and all those folks we don’t even know. You are the kindest people on this planet.
“With love from Dawn & Andy (and Hannah looking down from above)”
Tweets from the air ambulance account read: “All of us at WAA send our heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Hannah who tragically lost her life unexpectedly on Saturday.
“And we are truly grateful that at such a difficult time Hannah’s parents have chosen to raise donations for WAA in Hannah’s memory.
“The community’s generosity has been a testament to how well loved Hannah was & the grief that’s being felt by the public of #Wiltshire.”
Tim Gilson, head teacher at Malmesbury School, said: “Hannah was a bright and very well liked student in Year 9 at Malmesbury School.
“Hannah’s many friends and teachers at Malmesbury School are mourning her tragic death.
“Hannah was doing really well at school and she had a really long list of house points for her positive attitude and behaviour. We will all remember her as a smiling, popular and cheerful young woman.
“We are all thinking of Hannah’s parents, family and friends at this desperately sad time.”
To donate to visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Cubin