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Tributes to 'beautiful' balcony plunge victim

The husband of a woman who died after falling from the balcony of a Benidorm apartment has thanked friends for raising over £30,000 to bring her home.

Kirsty Maxwell fell from a 10th-floor apartment in an area known as ‘Little England’ in the Spanish resort of Benidorm on 29 April.

A JustGiving page set up by her friend Carolynn Simpson originally had a £10,000 target intended to help the family to bring the 25-year-old home to Livingston, West Lothian in Scotland.

But the crowdfunding page has so far raised nearly three times that amount to “help with all the complexities” of getting her body back to the UK.

Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca, is packed with bar, nightclubs and food outlets popular with British tourists.
Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca, is a popular package holiday destination

Expressing his gratitude to those who have donated to the fund, Ms Maxwell’s husband posted a message on the page saying he would “never stop missing her”.

He said: “I cannot thank you all enough for helping me and the family get our beautiful girl home.

“The amount of support shown is a true testament to Kirsty’s character and how many people’s lives she touched. I know anyone that has come into contact with Kirsty over the years would struggle not to love and adore her

“Kirsty was my wife, my best friend and my world. I will never stop missing her.”

A British man had been arrested over her death, but was later released by Spanish authorities.

Last November, 21-year-old Danielle Hall from Newcastle also died after falling from a ninth-floor Benidorm apartment.

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