THE family of teenager Hannah Cubin, who died at the weekend, have set up a JustGiving page which has already raised more than £13,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Hannah, 14, was a Malmesbury School pupil.

Her parents, Andy and Dawn, posted on the page: "We realise that many of our and Hannah's friends and family would like to send flowers or cards. Perhaps you might consider instead, that an equivalent donation would be better directed to this worthy cause.

"The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was standing by for our daughter whilst the paramedics were attending to her.

"We feel that these unsung heroes deserve our collective recognition and any spare money keeps this emergency service operational - any of us might need them at any time.

"Thank you so much for your support."

As the total passed the £10,000 mark Andy, a former Red Arrows pilot, paid a heartfelt tribute to the donors: "We are dumbstruck now. We have collected enough money in six hours to keep the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Helicopter in full operations for 24 hours.

"This is truly a miraculous achievement, far exceeding our expectations and proving that, in a world of sturm und drang, we are all surrounded by kindness and warmth.

"Hannah is looking down on all of you and feeling proud of this incredible achievement. As for Dawn and I still here on Earth - you have raised our broken spirit in our darkest days - we thank you so much."

Writing on the air ambulance Facebook page Dawn said: "Hannah, lost her life suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday 10th December - just three days after her 14th birthday.

"The many paramedics in attendance tried their very hardest to save her, and the air ambulance was called to standby, but their efforts were in vain.

"Rather than sending us flowers and cards, we are inviting all those who knew Hannah, to make a donation to her Just Giving Page for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance."

She added: "This is in memory of our gorgeous girl and in recognition of the incredibly valuable service you provide, Thank you so much for your life-saving commitment to the people of this county."

Click here to find the page

Shannon Stevens posted on Facebook: "Honestly miss you so so much - school isn't the same without you."

Shann Griffiths posted: "Words cannot describe how much I miss my best friend... you were my best friend and a sister to me... I wish you were still here."

Min, Barry, Cyril and Jo posted on the Justgiving page: "One star in the night sky, shining bright for the one who will always be in your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time xx"