More than £7,000 has so far been raised for a man from Torquay who died while travelling in Goa, Southwestern India.
The online appeal is to help pay to bring Luke Frost home for a funeral here in Devon.
He's known as 'Frosty' and the appeal was started by close friend Alex Dawson.
Overnight he posted that he was 'speechless' after the response - having originally hoped to raise £4,500.
Mr Dawson started the appeal saying: "The kid that I met in primary school and have known for 3 quarters of my life is no longer there.
"The friend that I spent countless hours listening to, talking to, sitting with, walking with is now a true memory.
"I'll never get to make anymore memories with him. And I know that with time, it will get easier, but right now it hurts.
"It hurts like someone stood on my face in a mosh pit we were in together, it hurts like bailing off a skateboard when we were riding down that hill."
"Luke is currently in Goa and this page has been set up to help the family cover the cost of his repatriation to the UK.
"This process involves a lot of time and effort from the family and unfortunately a very heavy financial cost.
"The family have been quoted £4500 which we're aiming to cover in full for them and anything raised on top of this amount will go towards Luke's funeral costs here in the UK."
Last night, Mr Dawson added: "The sheer generosity has left me speechless!
"After speaking with the family I've updated the target to help them as much as possible with the funeral costs."
The target is now £9,000.
For a link to the Go Fund Me petition click here