Grieving family fundraising to bring 23-year-old’s body home after sudden death

A popular young hairdresser has died in tragic circumstances while on holiday in the Canary Islands

Melissa Holdcroft was aged just 23 when she died while on a getaway to Lanzarote with her partner. 

Now her grief-stricken family have launched a £10,000 fund-raising campaign to bring her body back home.

The North Staffordshire hairdresser, who worked at Katie's Haircare in Chesterton, had flown to the destination with her partner Gareth Copeland before her sudden death last week.

Paying tribute to her 'beautiful' little sister, Zoe Holdcroft said: "I want to raise enough funds to bring her body back home where she belongs and then finally our family can finally lay her to rest and give her the send off she truly deserves, reports Stoke on Trent Live .

"If anyone knew her you'd know what an amazing and beautiful girl she was and what a joy she was to have around, with an amazing smile and great sense of humour."

Urging people to donate to the appeal, Zoe added: "Any help would be well and truly appreciated."

Her heart-broken mother Sharron Pointon added: "I was so blessed to have a beautiful daughter like Melissa. She made me laugh, she made me cry, but she was always by my side when I needed her.

"I love you so much baby girl. Until we meet again sleep tight my beautiful angel."

Dozens of relatives, friends and clients have paid tribute to former Chesterton Primary School pupil Melissa on the Go Fund Me page. The fundraiser has not clarified how she died.

Rachel Aldred wrote: "Melissa was such a loving and caring person. I’d look forward to our catch ups, her pampering my locks and laughing and joking whilst she worked her magic. We’d talk for hours and she became more than just a hairdresser.

"I’ve been so incredibly heartbroken since I heard the news."

Julie Smith added: "Melissa was a good friend to me, understanding, compassionate, beautiful and talented.

"Her smile and laugh lit up a room and her personality was second to none. Rest in Peace sweetheart."

And her cousin Sam Pointon said: "Such a beautiful person inside and out. You will be truly missed by everyone. I really can’t believe it, it’s such an upsetting time for us all."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed they were supporting Melissa's family.

An FCO spokesman: “Our staff are assisting the family of a British woman following her death in Lanzarote, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

To donate to the fund-raising appeal, click here.

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