Madison Rice.
Madison Rice.

Woman killed in Scotland 'touched the hearts of so many'

LATEST: MORE than $30,000 has been donated in just over a day to bring the body of Madison Rice home to the Sunshine Coast, after she died in a road accident in Scotland on Monday. 

Family, friends and many who met Madison during her time working and travelling in Britain have offered help, some donating sums as large as $1000.

Madison's step-father Alix Welsh said the family was struggling to come to terms with Madison's death. 

"The family of Maddy Rice are overwhelmed and would like to thank the community here and overseas," he wrote on the crowdfunding page.  

"The response to our donation page was to help raise maybe part of the funds necessary to get her home and we'd find the money somewhere to make the rest. 

"The community have been amazingly supportive to us during this time. 

"We can't say thank-you enough, but that doesn't seem enough."

Madison Rice was believed to have been working at Kinloch Lodge in Sleat.
Madison Rice died in an accident on Skye on Monday. Supplied Facebook

Mr Welsh said Madison was "living her dream" travelling and working in the United Kingdom and she was loving life. 

"Madison was a bright and bubbly person," he said.  

"She would always be there for her friends and family whenever they needed her. 

"She was driven and knew what she wanted and she was going to do it. No matter what. 

"She worked extremely hard to get where she wanted to go.  

"She was so in love with her boyfriend Joe and expressed this love just on Sunday night when she was talking to her mum. She said he made her very happy.

"We were all very lucky to have her in our lives and unfortunately we were all hoping that this would be for much longer. 

"We love her so much and will forevermore."

Mr Welsh said he and Madison's mother and sister hoped to one day be meet the people who have given so much for Madison.

"We hope someday that Kerry, Harlan and myself can meet the community that knew and loved our little girl, those that were with her at the Kinloch Lodge and in London someday," he wrote.

"We we can see she touched the hearts of so many. She is a very special young lady."

Madison Rice was believed to have been working at Kinloch Lodge in Sleat.
Madison Rice was believed to have been working at Kinloch Lodge in Sleat. Supplied Facebook


UPDATE: A FUNDRAISING page set up less than 12 hours ago has raised the $20,000 needed to bring Madison Rice's body home.

Madison's grateful step-father, Alix Welsh, was overwhelmed by the amount of community support for the bubbly former student of St Theresa's.

Mr Welsh said the family would prepare a statement later in the day, but wanted to acknowledge their gratitude.

"We can get Maddie home," Mr Welsh said.

"We are overwhelmed with the support the page got.  

"We weren't expecting to be able to cover the costs."

Arrangements will be made later on Wednesday so Madison can be laid to rest on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Welsh said none of the family were in the financial position to be able to fly over to Scotland where Madison was killed by a car in the early hours of Monday morning.

He said Madison had never booked a return flight home.

"She was over there working and didn't know 100% when she would be coming back."

Fond memories of Madison and messages of support for her family have filled the wall of the YouCaring crowdfunding page set up to help bring her body home. 

"Our heart breaks for you all. We thought Maddy was just lovely and she will never be forgotten," Brett and Karen Egeskov wrote. 

Michelle Wiseman said everyone at the Coolum Beach Hotel "absolutely adored" Madison.

"She was a very unique individual that always saw good in everyone and made it a pleasure to come to work every day just to see her smiling face," she wrote.

"You will be sadly missed! Condolences to her family and friends, also to her partner Joe!"

Many from Skye have donated funds to help Madison's family.

"So sorry for your loss, the people of Skye will make sure you get your daughter home," Margaret Anne Beaton wrote.

The Isle of Skye lies just off the Scottish coast.
The Isle of Skye lies just off the Scottish coast. Supplied Google

EARLIER: THE news of the death of Sunshine Coast woman Madison Rice in Scotland came as a devastating blow to her family.

Now her family is facing huge costs to try and bring her body home.

Ms Rice, 21, was hit by a car when she was reportedly hitchiking home on the Skye in the early hours of Monday morning.

Without travel insurance to cover the cost of returning Ms Rice's body her family have turned to the community to help.

Already a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $20,000 to help bring Maddie home.

Best friend Tiarna Rose described Madison as a "bubbly, happy and vibrant 21-year-old who had her whole life ahead of her".

A family member wrote in a plea for help: "We had every parents nightmare Monday night 6 June, 2016."

"The police knocked on our door to deliver the hardest news that our wonderful daughter Madison Rice had been killed while she was in Scotland with her boyfriend.

"We ask for help in getting her home to us as she had no travel insurance to help pay to have her brought home."

Family members hope to bring Maddie home as soon as possible so friends and family can say goodbye.