12:30pm Friday 8th March 2013
A MASSIVE outpouring of grief from Halesowen and beyond for murdered schoolgirl Christina Edkins has led to a fundraising drive being set up in her honour.
Over 54,000 people joined the RIP Christina Edkins Facebook page within 24 hours of her death.
Thousands of people left messages of support for her family from the local community and across the world.
Kindhearted people also began offering to raise cash for the family and ASDA at the Cornbow Centre announced they would be collecting money.
Sam Warby, from ASDA, said: “I will have the charity buckets out by 9am tomorrow morning (Friday).
“Also if you can't get to the store you can send cheques or postal orders made payable to.
"Asda charity fund" and send them to: "community colleague. Asda Queensway Mall, Queensway, Halesowen, B63 4AB."
Mollies Baguette Bar, Londonderry Road, Oldbury have also announced staff will be collecting cash.
Christina’s family have been overwhelmed with messages of support but have asked sympathisers to stop leaving flowers outside their Birmingham family home.
An administrator for the RIP Christina Edkins Facebook page said: “I have been asked if people could refrain from placing flowers and notes outside the family home.
“Could you rather take them to St Peter's Church on Old Church Road, Harborne, where people can go to light a candle and place flowers, soft toys and balloons outside.”
“At the moment the best thing people can do is send in a cheque to ASDA or wait a week or two until an online donation fund can be sorted out.”
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