AN ONLINE crowdfunding campaign, to raise funds for the funeral of a teenage girl who died at the City Warehouse ApartHotel, Great Ancoats Street on Sunday, has already tripled its £3000 target.
Lauren Atkinson, 19, a beautician from Cumbria, had attended a rave organised by events firm Warehouse Project in Manchester, and police later confirmed she had taken ecstasy.
Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the teenager, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four people have since been arrested by Greater Manchester Police, who are currently investigating the incident.
Friends and relatives of Miss Atkinson took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute.
A JustGiving page was also started up yesterday by colleague and friend, Eleanor Edwards.
The crowdfunding campaign began with a target of £3000 but has already received donations from 465 generous supporters – totalling £9357 – with 29 days remaining.
Miss Edwards described her friend as a “loving, bubbly, happy girl” in the description and started the fundraiser to “help [Miss Atkinson’s] family give her the best send off she deserves.”
On the day before her death, the 19-year-old shared a Facebook post expressing her excitement for the event:
The Warehouse Project’s events attract clubbers from across the UK and 16 people were hospitalized during a previous weekend due to taking drugs.
The company has since increased the number of medical and security staff at the venues.
City Warehouse ApartHotel have not commented on the death at this time.
If you wish to donate please visit Lauren’s just giving page.