Daughter's bid to raise money to fly dad's body home after Spain holiday tragedy

Steve Barry died on holiday in Benidorm

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Daughter's bid to raise money to fly dad's body home after holiday tragedy

A grieving daughter is trying to raise £6,000 to pay for the body of her father to be brought back to the UK after he died on holiday in Spain earlier this month.

Steve Barry, 50, from Droyslden, was enjoying a holiday with friends in Benidorm when he suddenly passed away.

Because he had no travel insurance, his daughter Katie Barry, a nail technician, now needs to pay the bill to have his body flown home, as well as covering the costs of the funeral.

A group of her friends set up an online fundraising page at gofundme.com, and the donations have been pouring in.

Speaking in the Mirror, Katie said: "The response has been absolutely incredible.

"Some people donating have been complete strangers, it really does restore your faith in people."

Steve was a former engineer and a regular at the Kings Head pub in Droylsden, where a fundraiser will be held on Friday night.

A DJ will supply music from Steve's favourite band, Take That.

Close friend Sheryl Downes, landlady of the Market Street pub, is organising the fundraiser which includes a raffle with bottles of spirits and a hotel stay among the prizes.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, she said: "I was absolutely gutted when I heard.

"Steve was well known in Droylsden and I knew him very well.

"He loved Take That and he had been to see them loads of times so that's why we decided to have a Take That night."

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