Monday 22 January 2018

Fundraising page for Karen Buckley's family raises almost €70,000 in one day

Karen Buckley
Karen Buckley

Louise Kelly & Denise Calnan

A fundraising page set up by Karen Buckley's former classmates in an effort to raise funds for her family has raised over £50,000 since it was set up yesterday evening.

The group of students, who all studied nursing with Karen in the University of Limerick, raised over €40,000 within 18 hours of the page being set up.

"This page has been set up by Karen's University of Limerick Nursing Classmates in the hope of raising funds to help Karen's family in any way possible during this difficult time," the students wrote on setting up the page.

"Please donate anything you can to assist with accommodation expenses, travel expenses and upkeep of their farm in Co. Cork."

The fundraising page has been set up in sterling currency but the total fund currently stands at approximately €69,308 (£50,000).

Some 2,870 have donated to the 'Help Find Karen' page every few minutes over the last 24 hours, giving £5, £10, £20 and even £50.

One comment left by Alan Barrie read: "From a Scottish cop and family, this used to be my stomping ground, such a tragedy. Thoughts with Karens family and friends."

The page has been shared on social media thousands of times and donations have been sent from Ireland and Scotland alike.

"A huge thank you to everyone for your kind words and amazing donations - The response has been overwhelming," an earlier update from the site read.

The site remained open for donations until 21.30 tonight.

News broke this morning of the discovery of human remains in the search for Karen.

The remains have since been formally identified as that of the missing 24-year-old Irish student.

Karen's family - her parents and three brothers - are reportedly "absolutely heartbroken" at the news.

“Karen was our only daughter, cherished by our family and loved by her friends," her father John said in a statement late this afternoon.

“She was an outgoing girl, who travelled the world where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life. We will miss her terribly.”

He added: “We would be very grateful if we could be left alone now to grieve with our family and friends.”

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