A FUNDRAISER has been set up by a family friend to help find the missing Stephanie Simpson.

A £20,000 target has been set to find Stephanie, from Basildon, who has gone missing in New Zealand.

LANDSAR, the rescue team who are the team involved in trying to find her, are solely reliant on public funding, and are in need of incresased resources.

Stephanie's parents, Trevor and Sally have already made the journey over to New Zealand to help with the search.

Brother-in-law Sam Hazelton, speaking to the New Zealand Herald, said: "You can't imagine, it's pretty awful. The hardest thing, I think, is just the not-knowing.

"Everybody's just hoping. You go to bed thinking: 'What can we do?'

"And then you wake up, or keep checking your phone to get an update...the hard thing is the delay and then nothing comes."

To donate, use https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danny-kilbane