Welwyn Garden City woman campaigns to save tourists’ lives following friend’s tragic death

PUBLISHED: 17:07 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 21 August 2018

Georgia Hague. Picture: Supplied.

Georgia Hague. Picture: Supplied.

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A Welwyn Garden City woman who is the close friend of a Brit who was killed when she fell from a balcony has started her own campaign after “heartless” anti-tourist signs mocking deaths were put up.

Georgia Hague, 23, worked in Magaluf alongside Natalie Cormack, 19, who fell to her death in April from an apartment balcony in the famous party area that has been dubbed the “walkway of death”.

After sickening posters were plastered across Barcelona encouraging tourists to practise “balconing”, she decided to start a campaign.

The signs printed in English read: “Dear tourist, did you know balconing prevents gentrification, improves neighbours’ quality of life, reduces the risk of heart disease and is lots of fun. #BalconingISFun”.

“Balconing” is the trend of climbing on to balconies from one room to another which has been blamed for many Brits’ deaths.

Since Natalie’s death, the former Stanborough School pupil set up a campaign calling for tourists to take closer care of one another.

Georgia, who told the WHT that the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness, said: “I feel this is a subject that needs to be spoken about a lot more and the severity of ‘balconing’ needs to be expressed on a much bigger scale.

“There are many deaths every year due to balcony falls and this is something we hear about in the news and just carry on with our lives – nothing is actually done to try and prevent these tragedies from reoccurring.

“I understand we will never fully stop balcony falls but I have hope that if this is a subject which is constantly flagged to the public then many people will think twice before making that quick action of ‘just hopping over the balcony bannister to the next apartment’ which could result in their life being lost and a family torn and broken.”

Georgia, who is currently working in Magaluf and does not ask for any donation towards the campaign, has created awareness posters that are “upsetting and hard-hitting” but she hopes they will emphasise the consequences of ‘balconing’.

The poster reads: “Don’t leave a friend behind! Holidays should result in good memories, not tragedies.

“Every year people are returning home without a friend don’t let this be you.”

The poster follows with advice for tourists.

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