THE family of a 20-year-old who died when his car hit a tree on a rural road in East Dorset last month have paid tribute to a "brave and beautiful young man".

Joshua Willis was fatally injured when his white Volkswagen Golf was involved in a crash on the unnamed road running from Chalbury Common to Holt Forest just before 10.40am on Friday, January 24.

He was flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance, but died the following day.

Today, his family have released details of his funeral service.

“Josh was such a selfless, brave and beautiful young man. He was the most incredible son, brother, uncle, boyfriend and friend to all who knew him," his family said.

“He did everything and anything to make those he loved happy. Other people’s needs were always put before his own and that never went unnoticed.

“Josh was the most loving young man who had the kindest heart and the funniest sense of humour.

“He had such a cheeky way of going about life but we wouldn’t have asked for Josh to be any other way.

"Josh has left a huge hole in everyone’s lives and will be sorely missed.”

Joshua’s funeral will be held at 3pm on Saturday, February 15. It will take place at Harbour View, Randall’s Hill, Lytchett Minster, Poole, BH16 6AN.

The family say they'd like to thank all family and friends for "any given contributions and kind words at this difficult time".

They also said they wanted to thank the emergency services who helped on the night, and the young man and father who stayed with Joshua until he was transported to hospital.

Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with Joshua’s family at this very difficult time and they continue to be supported by specially-trained officers.

“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision and I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police or anyone who may have relevant dascham footage to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200012390.