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Friends join charity walk in memory of Shona Killen

By Luke Barnes

Published 19/09/2016

Hundreds of people taking part in the Memory Walk
Hundreds of people taking part in the Memory Walk
Participants pose for a selfie as the event begins
Jenny and Thomas Costello from Holywood
Shona Killen

Friends of a young barrister who had been due to take part in a charity walk before she died suddenly on holiday have helped raise thousands of pounds for her cause.

Shona Killen from Cloughey (27) died in Spain last Monday after taking ill. She had been planning to take part in yesterday's Alzheimer's Society's Memory Walk at Stormont with her boyfriend.

However, Shona's friends and family attended the Memory Walk in her honour. And donations to Shona's JustGiving fundraising page have since skyrocketed to around £6,500 - 32 times the initial target of £200.

Alzheimer's Society director Bernadine McCrory said: "We know defeating dementia was important to Shona and we are grateful her friends and family have chosen to honour her by taking part in the Memory Walk. The money that continues to be raised in Shona's name will make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families, and will contribute to research in our fight against dementia."

Walkers at the event expressed their admiration for Shona's family and friends as they fundraised for her cause. Lisa Thompson, a volunteer, said: "A tragedy like that isn't something you get over so for them to be out here doing something positive is brilliant."

More than £60,000 was raised by the Memory Walk.

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