Search

West Hampstead pub regulars raise money to fly body of Polish barmaid home to widowed mum

PUBLISHED: 14:33 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 26 January 2015

Barmaid Natalia Czekaj was stabbed to death at her home

Barmaid Natalia Czekaj was stabbed to death at her home

Archant

Drinkers at a pub in West Hampstead have launched a fundraising appeal to help repatriate the body of a former barmaid found stabbed to death at her home.

Natalia Czekaj, 34, was found dead on January 6 after police were called to reports of a serious assault at her house in Edgware.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as shock, haemorrhage and multiple stab wounds.

The Polish national was a popular barmaid at the Alliance Pub, in Mill Lane, and was described as a “kind and caring person” by pub staff.

With her distraught widowed mother, along with her grieving family, said to be unable to afford the costs of returning Ms Czekaj’s body to her home country, the pub is now asking drinkers and residents to donate to a special fund

A statement on the pub’s Facebook page read: “We are all in a state of shock.

“Natalia was a kind and caring person who will be greatly missed by us and we know by many of you.

“Her traumatised mother, who is already a widow is now faced with the burden of returning her beloved daughter to Poland.

“This is an expensive process that the grieving family can ill afford.

“Although we cannot ease their emotional pain and suffering, we can demonstrate our sympathy and compassion by easing the financial burden of this process.

“Let’s show Natalia’s family that we, as a community, sympathise with their tragic loss and stand beside them in their time of need.

“She was brave enough to try to make a life in our city and we should be generous enough to send her home with dignity.”

Donations can be made online, in person at any Barclays Bank branch, or at the pub itself.

The fund will be administered by local residents Gill Heywood and Matt Bamford.

All of the money received will be sent to Ms Czekaj’s family in Poland and any administration costs will be covered by the fundraisers.

James Richardson, 34, of Berridge Green, Edgware, has been charged with Ms Czekaj’s murder and is due to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing on April 27.

If you would like to donate to the appeal, details can be found at facebook.com/thealliancepub.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Lucy Casey has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the “unbelievably brutal attack” that killed Hannah Leonard.

17:07

A sixteen year old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent over the Billy Fury Way stabbing which left another teenager in a “critical condition” in hospital.

15:54

Only the wind in the trees and the sound of planes passing overhead could be heard at Highgate Cemetery yesterday morning, as it marked Armistice Day.

Yesterday, 18:15

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell slammed Barnet Council’s controversial Capita contracts as “a really good example of the iniquities of outsourcing” – but Barnet leader Cllr Richard Cornelius hit back and appeared to rule out bringing the outsourced services back in-house under his administration.

Yesterday, 12:04

December 8 will see a parade of beards and red woolly hats at Alexandra Palace as, for the first time, YMCA North London holds a Santa Run at the historic Haringey location.

Yesterday, 11:50

Highgate Newtown’s historic Konstam Nursery has unveiled a commerorative mosoaic celebrating its links to the First World War.

Yesterday, 10:00

When the sound of rockets was heard across north London on November 11, 1918, some feared for their lives.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jamie Brown, of Archant Local Impact, explains how to make your business stand out from the crowd

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now