Shock death of ‘lovely’ Holly

Holly Topping
Holly Topping

A FAMILY and school were in mourning today after the sudden death of a Wigan teenager.

Fellow students at the Deanery High’s sixth form were heartbroken at the tragic news that Holly Topping had died.

It is understood that the 17-year-old’s twin sister Maya found her collapsed at her home in Gidlow Lane, Beech Hill, on Monday evening.

Emergency services were called to the house, including police, but there was nothing that could be done for her. Officers have since concluded that there are no suspicious circumstances.

Holly’s school has led tributes to the youngster, offering “heartfelt sympathies” to her family and friends while describing her as a popular member of the sixth form who had been at the Deanery since she was 11.

Many staff remembered her fondly as “a model student – quiet, hard-working, and a pleasure to teach.” and said she was “a young lady full of promise and potential.”

Headteacher Stephen Brierley added: “Our school community is in a state of shock at this terrible news.

“Holly will be very much missed by everyone who knew her.”

He added that the school is providing counselling for those who may need it, and that special assemblies have been held for pupils.

“Local clergy have provided considerable support as we come to terms with what has happened, and we are very grateful to them.

“As a school, we are praying for everyone who has been touched by this tragedy. Our thoughts are particularly with Holly’s family, friends and teachers at this time: may they know God’s peace.”

The Wigan Evening Post met Holly last November while she was busy raising money for Children in Need at the Deanery.

News of her death also spread rapidly this week on social networking sites from friends.

Richard Harmer wrote: “Today we have witnessed the death of a genuine person, let us hope wherever you are you find the happiness you want.”

Jen Williams said: “What an awful day, such bad news. RIP Holly. Thoughts are with your friends and family.”

Georgia Rigby wrote: “RIP Holly, you won’t be forgotten.”

And Beth Rutter wrote: “RIP Holly, you were so lovely and my thoughts go to you, your family and Leanne.”

A police spokeswoman said: “At about 8.20pm on Monday, April 23, police were called to Gidlow Lane, Beech Hill, to a report of a 17-year-old girl found dead.

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the matter is being referred to the coroner. Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.”