Thursday 27 July 2017

Owners of camper van café destroyed after rolling into bog 'overwhelmed' by support after stranger donates caravan

Dominic Lafferty has donated his caravan to the McCormack sisters
Dominic Lafferty has donated his caravan to the McCormack sisters

Amy Molloy and Patricia Murphy

A kindhearted man has donated his vintage caravan to two sisters whose camper van café was destroyed at the weekend after it unhooked from a jeep and rolled into a bog.

Sisters Maria and Jane McCormack have been "overwhelmed" by the incredible support they've received from locals in Glenveagh since their popular business was put off the road on Saturday.

The Happy Camper mobile café, famous for its pancakes and coffee, has proven to be a hit with tourists and locals in Donegal over the last year.

A GoGetFunding page was set up by a friend to help get the business back up and running and raised almost €3,000 in a couple of days.

Maria Mc Cormack with the remains of her Happy Camper following the accident at the weekend.
Maria Mc Cormack with the remains of her Happy Camper following the accident at the weekend.

A man called Dominic Lafferty then got in touch with the McCormack sisters on Monday, offering to donate his caravan to the pair.

They picked it up on Monday and renovations are now underway to get the new mobile café back on the road.

Speaking on Today FM's Dermot and Dave Show, Maria McCormack said: "I drove about 70 yards up the road and I saw this Avensis coming towards me and the look of terror in his face told me something serious was going on behind me. The caravan had crossed the road in the middle of traffic and went into the bog about 8ft down into it.

"I was in so much shock after everything. The caravan, although it was my pride and joy, thanks be to God everyone was okay."

In a statement on the Happy Camper Facebook page, Maria McCormack wrote: "This incredible man has just donated me his vintage caravan. Dominic Lafferty from Creeslough contacted me yesterday and we just picked it up. Renovation starts now.

"I love you all and promise that I will not waste a minute on getting a wee caravan fixed up to get back out to where I love to be. Special thanks to all the men who helped to get it out of the bog."

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