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PPE fundraising reaches £20,000

Angeline Murphy has raised almost £20,000 for Covid-19 personal protection equipment
Connla Young

A CO Down woman has raised almost £20,000 to make personal protection equipment for under-pressure health and care staff battling Covid-19.

Angeline Murphy set up the Go Fund Me last month to buy material for a huge team of stitchers who are playing their part for those who work in the coronavirus frontline.

The Atticall native, who is a former contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee, is also a coordinator with the NI Scrubs Group – a group of volunteers who help make essential personal protection equipment (PPE) for those in need.

The marketing manager at Firmus Energy recently received a boost when her company donated £5,000 to the fund.

Another donation of £1,400 from Kilkeel Golf Club is expected to help the total break the £20,000 mark.

That cash is expected to be used to for fabrics and notions to make PPE for Newry Hospice and two nursing homes in Kilkeel.

Mrs Murphy, who is currently on maternity leave, lives in Magheralin with her children and husband Feargal, a former Fermanagh GAA goalkeeper who also played soccer for Ballinamallard.

The fundraiser said she has contacted several local businesses who have helped her source essential fabrics from England.

“I don't have work commitments at the moment and it allows me to focus on this,” she said.

“There's an army of people behind this and 13-15 subgroups working on requests from different areas.”

She said it was important for people to continue donating “to allow us to purchase more fabric and notions for people across the province who are helping to dress our frontline staff.

If you would like to donate please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/search-for-scrubs-fabric-fund

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