A FUNDRAISER has been launched to help the family of a 12-year-old girl who died in the River Leven.

Ava Gray, from Alexandria, got into difficulty in the water near Balloch Bridge on Sunday evening, along with two other youngsters who were able to make it to shore.

Ava's body was recovered at around 9.45pm on Sunday after a three hour search.

Tributes have flooded in for the Lennox Primary pupil since news broke of the tragedy.

Her dance instructor at Full Out Studios in Dumbarton, Holly Douglas, set up a GoFundMe tribute page which has already brought in thousands of pounds for the family.

The appeal states: "Our gorgeous angel Ava Gray tragically died in a horrible accident in the River Leven in Balloch.

"We are all absolutely heartbroken and devastated, words cannot even describe our feelings.

"Ava was the funniest most crazy girl at our dance school and she never failed to make me laugh and smile.

"I am writing as Ava’s dance teacher that you please please help to raise some money for Ava’s family at this awful time.

"Ava, our dancing angel girl, we love you forever and ever."

As this article was published, the total donated had reached more than £4,000.

Visit the GoFundMe page to support the cause.