KIND-HEARTED friends and family have raised nearly £6,000 in less than 24 hours to support the loved ones of a Johnstone woman who was killed in a road accident.

Mum-of-two Caroline Nelson, 45, died in the smash on Monday just weeks after receiving radiotherapy sessions for her non-hodgkin lymphoma. 

Caroline, a former pupil of Johnstone High and a teacher at Parklands School in Helensburgh, lost her life in the accident despite valiant attempts to save her. 

And now devastated friends and family have joined together to support Caroline's ex-husband Sandy Nelson and her two young children. 

In just 18 hours, the GoFundMe page has raised £5,564 - a whopping £4,564 more than the original target of £1,000. 

The page was created by Kate McManus-Coyle, who has asked friends of Caroline and Sandy to support the family at this difficult time. 

She wrote: "As most of you now know, Caroline was tragically taken from us in a car accident on Monday 8th October.

"I would like to ask friends of Caroline and Sandy to help us raise funds to help support Sandy and the two boys and Caroline's family at this difficult time. 

"Unfortunately at painful times like this, the bills keep coming in. The family are facing the funeral costs and were in the middle of moving houses which itself brings its own costs.

"We would like you to, instead of flowers and cards, consider a wee donation to help Sandy and the boys along over the coming weeks.

"Thank you for taking time to read this."

The page has already received support from the likes of popular Glasgow pub The Drum and Monkey. 

The city-centre pub wrote: "Sadly a good friend of ours is no longer with us. Caroline tragically died in a car accident on Monday aged 45, after having just beaten cancer, she leaves behind two beautiful boys.

"If you could help out by donating or sharing it'd mean a lot - our condolences go to all the family at this difficult time.

"Caroline’s husband Sandy provided the entertainment as we brought in the bells this new year."

Caroline's death on Monday stunned family and friends in Johnstone and Arrochar, where she had moved with her two sons - aged just six and eight. 

Her Vauxhall Meriva was involved in the smash at Daligan, Argyll and Bute, at around 9am on Monday. 

Police are continuing to appeal for information on the crash and you should phone 101 if you know anything. 

To support the GoFundMe appeal in honour of Caroline, visit