Big-hearted local people fundraising for grief-stricken family

Flowers left at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people, including at least two children, have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from the pier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 21, 2016. It is understood Garda are treating the incident as an accident and it is thought the car may have "slipped" into the water at around 7.30pm on Sunday. See PA story ACCIDENT Crash Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Flowers left at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people, including at least two children, have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from the pier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 21, 2016. It is understood Garda are treating the incident as an accident and it is thought the car may have "slipped" into the water at around 7.30pm on Sunday. See PA story ACCIDENT Crash Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fundraising efforts have taken off across both sides of the border as local people try to do something to help the family of those killed in the Buncrana Pier tragedy.

Within a matter of hours of being set up, almost £3,000 has been collected in online fundraising Justgiving.com pages in both Buncrana and Derry.

Buncrana woman Michelle Black also set up a number of other initiatives. Tonight (Monday) she plans to take cash or baby item donations in person with other volunteers at The Plaza in Buncrana from 6.30pm.

Michelle has also set up a Buncrana Credit Union account, with the account number 23688 for anyone wishing to make a donation.

Speaking about the fundraising, Michelle said: “Everybody is just stunned by what has happened. This could be anybody’s family.

“I have got four kids of my own, and it’s terrible even when there isn’t children involved and there’s a tragedy such as this, but this has really tugged at the heart strings.

“I just felt if we could help in any way possible. They have so much to think of and the last thing they need to be worrying about is money.”