Drinkers at West Hampstead pub pay for funeral of stabbed barmaid

Barmaid Natalia Czekaj was stabbed to death at her home

Barmaid Natalia Czekaj was stabbed to death at her home - Credit: Archant

Drinkers at a pub in West Hampstead have exceeded the fundraising target for an appeal to help repatriate the body of a former barmaid found stabbed to death at her home earlier this month.

Regulars came out in their droves to donate to a fund started by The Alliance Pub in Mill Lane to help the family of their former barmaid Natalia Czekaj.

The 34-year-old was found dead on January 6 after police were called to reports of a serious assault at her house in Edgware.

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

After hearing her family were financially unable to pay for the return of the body, the pub began a fundraising appeal.

A target to see them pay for the repatriation of the body was exceeded, reaching £8,400 – enough to also pay for the funeral.

In a statement the pub said: “This has truly brought to light a community full of kindness and generosity and we are truly thankful for your contributions, your kind words and all the support you have shown Natalia’s family.”