Urgent appeal for help issued after sisters left orphaned and separated

Sharon Alexander, who passed away in November.
Sharon Alexander, who passed away in November.

An urgent appeal has been issued by Derry charity Kinship Care on behalf of three Donegal sisters left orphaned last month when their beloved mother passed away..

Shannon (15), Amy (14) and Kayleigh (12) Alexander from Castlefinn were orphaned when their 34 year old mother Sharon died at the Donegal Hospice in November. The girls’ father passed away two years ago.

Following Sharon’s death, the girls had to give up their council house in Castlefinn and have been split up between family members to be cared for.

Amy, who has Down Syndrome, and is on a waiting list for heart surgery, is being cared for by her aunt and uncle at their home in Killygordon. Her sisters are being cared for by another aunt and uncle in Drumkeen.

A charity appeal for ‘Sharon’s Girls’ has been set up in the wake of Sharon’s tragic death and this is being supported and facilitated by Kindship Care in Derry, as the family in Donegal have no way of receiving donations.

Jacqueline Williamson of Kinship Care told the ‘Journal’: “Donegal is not too far away and these three girls are facing a Christmas without their mum.

“We just want to make Christmas as happy as we can for these girls, given all they have been through.

“We are hoping to raise £1,000 to help make Christmas a little bit easier for the girls and their families. Gifts and food donations would be very appreciated.

“If donating gifts please bear in mind that Amy age 14 has Down Syndrome.

“You can leave food and gift donations into our office at 67 Carlisle Road, Derry or you can donate online.”

Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, December 22. You can also contact Leann on 028 71373731 for further information.