A popular student who died suddenly in her sleep had told her family that 2020 would be her year.

The night before she died, 21-year-old Demi-Lea Dawson, from Prenton, had returned home from her part-time job at the local chippy and had gone straight upstairs to bed.

She did not feel ill and had wished her parents good night before she went upstairs.

Hours later on Tuesday morning, Demi-Lea was found by her mum Tracey, who had gone into her room after noticing she wasn't awake yet.

The 21-year-old University of Liverpool student, was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago but she had not suffered from a seizure for the last 18 months.

The cause of her death is not yet known and an investigation is currently being carried out.

She leaves behind her heartbroken family and friends, including mum Tracey Nolan, 39, dad Ken Dawson, 40, brother Harry, 13, Nan Franny Nolan, uncle James Dawson and best friend Codie.

Paying tribute on behalf of all the family, uncle James Dawson described Demi Lea as a "loving, caring and kind" girl with "a great sense of humour."

Demi-Lea Dawson, 21, tragically died at her home in Prenton on May 19

James told the ECHO: "She was so funny. She loved to wind you up and she was so quick-witted.

"She was a popular girl, she had a lot of friends. They are all heartbroken too.

"Life is never going to be the same for any of us.

"It's shattered us all."

Demi-Lea, who was in her final year studying Sociology and Criminology at the University of Liverpool, loved to dance and do gymnastics in her spare time.

James said: "She won trophies and went dancing all over the country.

"She was a good girl, she was a student and she had a part-time job at the local chippy."

Demi-Lea was born with a disfigurement to her face, meaning one eye was slightly lower than the other.

In the last six months, uncle James said the 21-year-old underwent two operations at Aintree Hospital to correct this.

James said: "When she got older and became a young woman she wanted it altering because she didn't like the way it looked.

"She had two operations to correct it in the last six months at Aintree Hospital.

"They finally got it right during the second operation and she was happy with how it looked but she wasn't able to show it off.

"She said after the operation in December that '2020 is going to be my year.'"

Earlier this year in February, Demi-Lea was taken to Florida by her family to celebrate her 21st birthday.

James said: "Her mum and dad and Harry took her to Florida for her 21st.

"She always wanted to go to America and she loved Walt Disney so they went to Disney Land while they were over there.

"They're so glad as a family that they got to share that with her."

James added: "It's hard to lose someone at anytime but to lose our baby in the middle of this Covid pandemic is even harder.

The day before the funeral, Demi-Lea will be brought home on June 16, to spend one last night with her family.

The funeral will be held at 12pm on June 17 at North Chapel and Landican Cemetery and Crematorium in Wirral, with the cars leaving Demi-Lea's home in Prenton at 11:15am on the day.

James added: We can't thank people who live on our estate enough for what they've done. When I came over a few days ago people we've never even spoken to were out pulling weeds out and cleaning the street ready for her coming home.

"Around £5,000 has been raised by the community and people that knew her, it's absolutely amazing.

"Demi-Lea's dad works as a post man for Royal Mail and they've donated £2,500 towards the funeral. Kelly the manager has been amazing.

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"We're going to tie ribbons, balloons and flowers in the street and give her the send off she deserves.

"Only 25 family members are allowed in the chapel but the cemetery is big enough for more family members to be able to social distance.