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'Everything's slipping away... I invested in my business, but we've been left high and dry'

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Child-minder Shauna Duffy with sons Keelan (9) and Christopher (5)

Child-minder Shauna Duffy with sons Keelan (9) and Christopher (5)

Child-minder Shauna Duffy with sons Keelan (9) and Christopher (5)

At the dawn of the year, life was ticking over very nicely for Co Tyrone woman Shauna Duffy.

With her husband in a secure job and two young children growing up in a stable family environment in Omagh, the 45-year old was self-employed and had been running a successful child-minding business on her own for the previous two years.

Shauna still has her health, but coronavirus is threatening to destroy everything else around her. She fears she will not have a business to return to unless she gets the help she so desperately needs.