A CARE home has paid tribute to a 'truly special woman' and dedicated staff member following her tragic death.

Twenty-seven-year-old Alicia Brunskill, from Kendal, died from injuries sustained in a road traffic collision on the A684.

Kendal's Summerhill care home, where Ms Brunskill worked, said she was a person who would be 'fondly remembered for her kind and caring nature'

"Her selflessness, courage and compassion shone through, and she showed such dedication and diligence to the care she provided to the Summerhill family," said a spokesman.

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"Alicia was much loved by residents and colleagues and her passing leaves a big hole in the team. 

"She is hugely missed by us all, and our thoughts and sympathies are with her loved ones at this exceptionally difficult time.”

Family members also painted a picture of a caring and dedicated young woman, saying she ‘devoted her life to caring for the elderly and enjoyed listening to all their stories’.

In a statement, the family said: “Alicia loved the simple things in life, especially eating, laughing, driving, singing and being surrounded by friends and family.

“The memories from holidays with her family and friends will be treasured always.

“Her adoring and heartbroken parents, Phil and Debbie, brother Dan and all the wider family will miss her forever.

“Our beautiful Alicia had so much more life left to live and was taken from us far too soon.”

The collision occurred in Singleton Park Road, close to Kendal, on May 26. It involved a black Ford Fiesta. Three other occupants received medical treatment.

Police are appealing for information and can be contacted on 101.