An appeal launched in the memory of the daughter of a former Red Arrows Pilot has raised over £37,000 in eight days. 

14-year-old Hannah Cubin died unexpectedly after stopping breathing while spending the night at a friend's house. 

After being alerted by Hannah’s friend, her father Andy and mother Dawn rushed to their daughter’s side, administering CPR and mouth to mouth before paramedics arrived.

They spent an hour trying to save Hannah, but she was later pronounced dead.

Andy spoke of his grief last week, describing his budding taekwondo star daughter as 'a bright light', and adding:

"We are broken. Having children gives you a purpose in life. This is what we are here for. Our beautiful girl was absolutely everything we had."

"Everything we did on a day to day basis revolved around what Hannah was doing.

"We would plan every day around her activities, driving her here and there, opening Bank of Dad and shelling out a fiver and closing it again, the taxi service and entertaining her and her friends. That is all gone sadly. The Bank of Dad is closed."

"We have to learn to cope with it somehow. I'm not quite sure how, but we will get there."

"I was the last person to kiss her on the lips before I had to leave her."

Hannah also had hopes to compete in the X-Factor, before following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a pilot.

Andy spent nearly 20 years in the RAF, and was awarded the MBE for his service; he also flew with the Red Arrows between 1996 and 1999 before becoming a commercial pilot.

Now a British Airways captain, he started the appeal for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance with his wife Dawn.  

The Air Ambulance were on standby as medics fought to save the teen in case she needed to be taken to hospital.

The page set up by the family reads:

“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.”

The total now stands at over £37,000.

Dawn thanked those who had donated, saying:

"It is incredible generosity and it just demonstrates the amount of affection that has come through from not only people who know Hannah but also those who don't. We can't even really come to grips with how incredibly generous everybody is being. Hannah has raised enough money to keep the ambulance flying and potentially could be saving so many more lives."

Whilst Andy added:

"We have collected enough money in 6 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."

The family plan to hold a funeral service around Christmas and will scatter Hannah's ashes in a plot in their garden where they will later plant a tree to mark the spot. 

Click here to donate to the charity set up in Hannah's memory.