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Thousands raised for funeral of Swanley teenager Georgia Walsh, killed at Dunton Green station

By KentOnline reporter

Well-wishers have donated thousands of pounds towards the funeral of a teenage girl killed in a rail tragedy.

Georgia Walsh, 16, from Swanley, died at Dunton Green station on Friday evening after being hit by a train.

Yesterday, friend Samantha Butler set up a JustGiving page to help her family with funeral costs. Less than 24 hours on, it has already surpassed its £3,600 target.

Georgia (right) and sister Caitlin

Georgia (right) and sister Caitlin

The page states: "Georgia has left behind her single mum and her three siblings. We are trying to raise money to help with funeral costs to relieve any additional stress in their time of grief.

"We are appealing to the public to assist with this family's very trying time in any way they can."

This morning, Samantha posted a message saying: "Wow, the response has been so amazing, thank you everyone."

Following Georgia's death, her mum Jenny Connell paid tribute to her "incredibly talented, very artistic and dedicated" daughter, describing her as "so funny, very quick witted and incredibly brave".

The family also said their thoughts were with the driver of the train.

Ms Connell added: "Georgia wouldn’t have taken this decision lightly and we hope with support, the driver will come to terms with what has happened and find peace."

 

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