Tuesday 21 January 2020

New Irish trust will be Nóra's legacy - mum

Urging people to donate: Nóra Quoirin’s mother Meabh (left) wants other Irish families in need to receive support. Photo: AFP/Getty
Urging people to donate: Nóra Quoirin’s mother Meabh (left) wants other Irish families in need to receive support. Photo: AFP/Getty
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The mother of tragic teenager Nóra Quoirin, who died after going missing in a Malaysian jungle, has said her daughter's legacy will be the establishment of a new trust that will help other Irish families of missing children.

Nóra (15) was found dead following a high-profile 10-day search around the jungle resort of Dusun in August after she vanished from the house where she and her family were staying.

Throughout their ordeal, the Lucie Blackman Trust supported the Quoirin family by acting as a spokesperson for them and providing practical and fundraising support.

Formed after the brutal killing in Japan of Lucie Blackman in 2000, the trust was set up to support British nationals in crisis overseas.

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Now, in honour of Nóra, the Lucie Blackman Trust is opening an office in Ireland.

Having raised more than €35,000 out of a €150,000 goal, the trust hopes to launch an Irish office in the next six weeks.

On its website, it states that all monies raised will be used to deliver services to Republic of Ireland citizens.

Nóra's mother, Meabh, told RTÉ she was urging people to donate.

"So many people and organisations continue to help us practically, emotionally and we are so proud that some of Nóra's legacy is to help other families who could experience the same horror of a loved one going missing, through the Lucie Blackman Trust opening in her name here in Ireland," she said.

"They've been truly invaluable to us in helping us survive this nightmare.

"We know they have to raise funds and especially awareness in Ireland."

Irish Independent

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