A fundraiser has been launched for the funeral of a well-loved member of the Swindon Parks community who died unexpectedly. 

Kelly Nixon, 36, was hit by a car as a pedestrian on February 22 and taken to hospital for treatment of injuries and was later discharged. 

But days later Wiltshire Police confirmed that the mother from Park South had died, leaving the community she lived in reeling. 

Now a friend of Kelly's, Sharon Bradshaw, has started a fundraiser on behalf of Kelly's family to help contribute towards her funeral and to help Kelly's son Jonathan. 

She said: "I just want to say how incredible she was at supporting the community.

"She volunteered at the church and was my social team member in my slimming world groups that were held at the church too.

"So many people knew her and are touched by her passing."

The GoFundMe page has been up for a few weeks and has so far amassed £3,230 in donations from 195 people. 

On the fundraising page, Sharon wrote: "On behalf of Kelly's family and friends I have set up this GoFundMe to offer support to the family.

"Any donations will be used towards funeral costs or Jonathan's care."

Members of the public as well friends and family members donating have also been encouraged to share memories of Kelly on the page.

You can visit the page here - https://www.gofundme.com/f/kelly-nixon

In the initial aftermath of the news, tributes poured in for Kelly on social media, with those who knew her describing her as a "beautiful soul" and "such a beautiful person".

In response, Reverend Patch Webb of St John's Church, where Kelly used to help run the warm space, issued a statement to the community to let them know the church was open to anyone who might want to grieve her loss. 

"Everything is quite raw. She was a big part of our community," he added.

A brief investigation was carried out by Wiltshire Police following her death to see if it was linked to her being hit, but the latest update provided by them ruled this out. 

A spokesperson said: "The tragic death of a 36-year-old woman who passed away two days after being involved in a road traffic collision in Whitbourne Avenue, Swindon on February 22, has been determined to be non-suspicious following a coronial investigation.

"There is no evidence that the road traffic collision is linked to her death from natural causes.

"Our thoughts are with her family."