£10,000 raised for funeral of mum and daughter killed in van tragedy

Leah Churchill and Brooke Wanstall are believed to have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning (Image: Wanstall Family / KMG / SWNS)

Thousands turned out for the funeral of a mum and her teenage daughter who died while putting up birthday decorations.

It is suspected that they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tyla Wanstall found his mum Leah Churchill, 50, and 17-year-old sister Brooke Wanstall on Tuesday morning when she opened his food truck in Whitstable, Kent.

The couple had been decorating the Meat ‘N’ Greet van all night with balloons and banners to surprise Tyla for his 26th birthday.

The unit filled with fumes upon his arrival.

That’s when Tyla realized that his mom and sister must have started the gasoline generator for power.

Friends and family have rallied to support the grieving family, with almost £10,000 being donated to give Brooke and Leah a “big, bold and pink” mission.

Tyla wrote on Facebook: “I hate to ask for help but we really need it.

Mum and daughter decorated the van for Tyla's birthday (Image: KMG / SWNS)

Mum and daughter decorated a food truck for Tyla’s birthday (Image: KMG / SWNS)

“All the money will go towards an amazing joint funeral to give them both the send off they deserve.

“Anything left over will go to my little brother and just try to get things back on track with my mom’s house.”

Fundraisers have also been organized by Craig Phillips, on behalf of Brooke’s dad Justin and Georgie Jacobs.

Craig has surpassed his £5,000 target and Georgie is halfway to her £10,000 target.

Leah and Brooke were found dead in the burger van (Image: Leon McGowran)

He said: “As many of you know, on February 14th we heard the devastating news that 2 young, beautiful lives were sadly taken and in a way that left everyone speechless.

“I and I’m sure many of you would like to make sure that we can at least reduce some of the financial cost of the funeral and we can all pay our respects in a way that I’m sure everyone will agree will help the family.

“With everyone giving their all, we’re giving Leah a mission with her daughter Brooke that she would love – big, bold and mostly pink!”

Mum-of-four Leah leaves behind another daughter, Osian, 23, and Sonny, 12.

Brooke had just finished her GCSEs at the Archbishop’s School in Canterbury and started a new job as a carer which she loved.

Grieving Tyla said: “Mum was so kind and would do anything for anyone.

“She would take a homeless person off the streets if she was allowed. Brooke was just a live wire with a huge personality.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that they spent their last moments just trying to put a smile on my face.

“I don’t know how we’ll ever get over it.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here

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