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£50,000 raised for Karen's family

Published 16/04/2015

Missing student Karen Buckley
Missing student Karen Buckley
Marian and John Buckley, parents of missing girl Karen Buckley, make a statement during a press conference at Govan Police Office in Glasgow.
Police outside the building in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow which comta9nsthe flat which was visited by missing student Karen Buckley in the early hours of Sunday.
Police at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow during the search for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service vehicles arrive at the entrance to High Craigton Farm in Glasgow, where police have been searching for Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Police stand at the entrance to Windyhill Golf Club near Milngavie, north of Glasgow, which has been cordoned off, as part of the investigation into the missing student Karen Buckley on April 15, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police Forensic officers at the front door of a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow, as they search for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Police stand at the entrance to High Craigton Farm near Milngavie, north of Glasgow, which has been cordoned off, as part of the investigation into the missing student Karen Buckley on April 15, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police search garages and the surrounding areas near a block of flats in Dorchester Avenue in Glasgow for any trace of Irish student Karen Buckley who has been missing for three days.
Karen Buckley failed to return home from a night out at the weekend
Police block a road near Windyhill Golf club, Glasgow, as they search for Karen Buckley
A police officer searches the undergrowth in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow
Police search the grounds of a flat in Glasgow in the hunt for missing student Karen Buckley
The money has been raised to help support the family of Karen Buckley

More than £50,000 has been raised in 24 hours to support the family of Karen Buckley.

An online fundraising drive was set up last night by the 24-year-old's former nursing classmates from Limerick University.

It had set a target of £5,000 to support the Buckley family with the costs of travelling and staying in Glasgow and the upkeep of their farm in Cork while police searched for Karen.

The page was set to be open to donations for 24 hours but closed early when £50,001 was raised.

A message on the Go Fund Me page by the organisers read: "This page has been set up by Karen's University of Limerick nursing classmates in the hope of raising funds to help Karen's family in any way possible during this difficult time.

"Please donate anything you can to assist with accommodation expenses, travel expenses and upkeep of their farm in Co Cork."

A thank you message was later posted on the site as the amount raised exceeded 10 times the target fund.

It said: "A huge thank you to everyone for your kind words and amazing donations - the response has been overwhelming.

"We hope that what has been raised will be of help in any way possible to Karen's family. Thank you all so much for your amazing generosity."

Some people asked for donations to be reopened so that they could contribute, Claire Agathe wrote: "Just tried to donate but it states this is now closed. I hope it opens again as I am sure a lot more people will want to help. RIP Karen x."

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