Magnificent! Fund to bring Danielle home tops €27,500


 March 16, 2017
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A fund set-up to bring home tragic Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin has surpassed all expectations with more than €27,500 in donations.

More than 1,000 people have contributed to the fund since it was set up just yesterday by family friend Christy Duffy from Buncrana.

The money will be used to cover the costs of bringing the 28-year-old home to Inishowen from India and for her funeral.

Danielle was murdered on Monday in Goa and a man has since been arrested and charged in connection with the brutal crime.

It is understood the remainder of the money raised for Danielle will be given to her heartbroken mum Andrea and her four younger sisters.

People have been leaving messages of support and sympathy on the Go Fund Me page set up by Mr Duffy who had originally aimed to raise just €10,000 in his appeal.

In setting up the page, Christy wrote “There’s not really much anyone can say at the moment as I know we are all completely devastated.

“This fund is to assist the repatriation and funeral expenses for our friend Danielle who was tragically taken from us all too soon this week.

“At the moment the family have the Irish embassy, the British embassy, the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and many close friends working hard on the arrangements to take her home.

“The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust have been brilliant and cover most arrangements and expenses, so basically, this fundraiser is to help her family with the added costs of having someone with her when she returns and to give her the send off she deserves.

“There is nothing I need to say about Danielle as anyone who knew her, knew that she was a beautiful and kind hearted, funny young lady who loved life and was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter.

“They say the brightest stars burn the quickest and no other analogy could describe Danielle’s life better, on behalf of her family thanks in advance for the donations and keep on smiling as Danielle would have wanted. Help spread the word!”

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