Heart breaking tributes have been paid to a young couple who died in a fatal crash on their way home from a fishing and hiking holiday.
The family of Ellie Marsden, 20, were amazed when the care home worker agreed to go fishing with boyfriend Ryan Duffy, 24.
The besotted young couple, of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, regularly went on similar trips around the UK.
But last Sunday morning, Cumbria Police rushed to a stretch of road in the Eden Valley after reports of a one-vehicle crash.
At the scene, officers found Ryan and Ellie dead inside a white Citroen Berlingo Van which had veered off the road.
The families of the couple have now paid emotional tributes to their “kind hearted” son who was “devoted” to his girlfriend Ellie and their “beautiful, kind, and caring” daughter.
Ryan’s mother, of Ashton-in-Makerfield, in Wigan, said: “Ryan was a kind hearted, fun loving, happy, son, grandson, nephew and friend to many.
“Ryan lived for his family and friends and was devoted to his girlfriend Ellie. He had a big heart and personality and was adored by all who knew him.
“He loved fishing and took every opportunity possible to try and catch that elusive ‘big fish’.
“We are devastated as a family at his passing, he will be sorely missed every single day until we meet him again.
“As his Mum he was my entire world and I will be lost without him.”
Ellie’s heartbroken family added to the tributes, saying: “Words can’t begin to sum up our beautiful daughter Ellie.
“How do we get across to the world just how loving, beautiful, kind and caring Ellie is – not was but is?
“Ellie had grown into the most amazing young lady with all of the qualities that you can only hope for in a daughter.
“So full of fun with a quick-witted sense of humour.
“Ellie attended All Saints Primary School and completed her later education at Golborne High School.
“Every single school report was glowing with the same reputation of being a lovely girl, a pleasure to teach, kind, caring and gives her all.
“Her teachers all felt the love radiate from Ellie.
“I don’t recall one bad word ever being said about her, she never brought any troubles to the door and never caused anyone any harm.”
The family said Ellie loved working as a carer for the elderly at Golborne Day Centre after completing a health and social care apprenticeship.
The statement from sister Chloe, mum Kelly and dad Allan added: “She made us immensely proud.
“Ellie absolutely loved this job, she loved the staff like family and more importantly she loved all of the elderly clients she cared for.
“Ellie often came home singing the old songs that would be played around the day centre.
“Her eyes filled with tears of love telling us about how she wanted to make the elderly feel loved and happy.
“This was Ellie through and through – she just wanted to make a difference, to make everyone happy.
“Every bone in her body was kind, loving, caring and she just wanted to make the world a better place.
“Ellie loved her friends hard and deeply; this is everyone who has every crossed her path from childhood to adulthood.”
The family went on to tell the story of how the young couple fell in love, and how Ellie even gave fishing a chance: “Ellie found love in Ryan.
“I am grateful she found someone who made her so happy who she shared so many loving and fun times with.
“From going to festivals and posh hotels to hikes and fishing trips, camping at a lake. Ryan taught her to fish.
“We never thought Ellie would have entertained this idea and we laughed about how this glam and beautiful princess would bring the glam to fishing.
“I am so glad that Ellie got to experience true love and a young man looking after her as she deserved all of this and more.
“Ellie loved her dad Allan incredible amounts. He was the love of her life and most definitely her biggest hero. Equally Ellie loved her mum Kelly so much.
“To her mum she was her pride and joy, her very best friend and the most beautiful, kind and caring daughter a mother could wish for.
“Ellie shared a unique bond with her sister Chloe. They were best friends, not just sisters, and were completely inseparable.
“Chloe is heartbroken to have lost her one and only best friend but is so thankful for having her as a soulmate to grow up with.
“Ellie’s beauty was breath-taking both inside and out and we will be heartbroken for all eternity.
“We are so thankful for the precious 20 years we got with Ellie and watching her grow up in to the most amazing, loving human being and our hearts burst with pride.
“We can’t comprehend that she has been taken from us.
“Her Mum, Dad and sister will love Ellie for all eternity and be heartbroken forever. We love you baby girl.”
Cumbria Police were called to the scene to investigate a one-vehicle fatal collision – they said no other vehicles were involved.
Officers have asked for witnesses to the crash or for anyone who saw the van in the local area to get in touch.