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Fundraising campaign set up to help family of west Belfast woman who died in Turkey reaches £8,000

West Belfast woman Seaneen McCullough died on Wednesday morning while on holiday in Turkey
Marie Louise McConville

AN online fundraising campaign set up to help the family of a mother-of-one who died while on holiday in Turkey has this morning reached £8,000.

Séaneen McCullough (37) from the New Barnsley area of west Belfast, died on Wednesday morning.

There were reports the nurse, who had been on holiday with her partner and young son, may have fallen from a balcony.

A police investigation into the circumstances of Ms McCullough's death was continuing last night.

The online campaign has been set up to raise funds to help her family "with travel costs, funeral costs etc".

Yesterday, the JustGiving page - which has a target of £2,000 - had raised just over £1,900.

Ms McCullough's friend, Colleen Catney, who is also from New Barnsley, set up the page following her friend's tragic death.,

She said close friends had initially wanted to donate however "friends and neighbours" then started texting asking about donating money, so she set up the page.

Ms Catney said the response so far had been "amazing".

"It's times like this the community come together," she said.

She described Ms McCullough as someone who was "bubbly all her life and had an infectious personalty".

"She just had the most amazing laugh. Everybody is just shocked and everybody is heartbroken. It is just so tragic".

Another friend, Mary Maxwell said the community was "shocked and stunned" by the tragedy.

"She will be unbelievably missed," she said.

"The world was a better place having Seaneen in it. I don't think she realised the impact she had on people.

"She idolised her wee boy. t's just a terrible situation."

Tribute was also paid by the Unison Mater Hospital Branch Committee.

"Séaneen was a nurse in Ward C in the Mater Hospital and a valued member of the staff team.

"On 11th July, Séaneen sadly passed away following a fall from a balcony while on holiday in Turkey with her son Eoin and partner Paul.

"Séaneen was a very out going and fun loving person and a great friend to many. Séaneen was a nurse in Ward C in the Mater Hospital and a valued member of the staff team".

Details of the fundraising campaign can be found at: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ourbeautifulfriendseaneen.

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