Ruth Maguire's family raises over £9,000 for charity in memory of tragic mum
The family of a mother who drowned in Carlingford Lough in March has raised £9,000 for Newcastle RNLI in her memory.
Newcastle RNLI was involved in the search for Ruth Maguire, along with other search and rescue agencies, and recovered her body from the lough after an extensive search.
Ruth, who had three young children, was due to marry her partner of 12 years James Griffin this month, but tragically the 30-year-old nurse assistant lost her life during a terrible accident on a friend's hen night in Co Louth.
Staff at the lifeboat station were incredibly moved by the kind gesture from Ruth's loved ones and expressed their deep gratitude for the donation.
Following the tragedy, Ruth's family carried out numerous fundraising events between Newcastle and Belfast, including a sponsored walk of Slieve Donard, and her brother-in-law completed the Belfast Marathon.
A major fundraising night was also held in Byransford GAA club in Newcastle, which was supported by people throughout the county.
Speaking during the handover of the cheque by members of the Maguire family, Newcastle RNLI operations manager Lisa Ramsden said: "We are completely overwhelmed by this donation.
"It was our sad duty to help bring Ruth home, but the crew were honoured to be able to return her to her loved ones.
"Ruth was a local girl and we felt her loss. It was a difficult call-out for the station and our hearts went out to her family and friends.
'We are astounded that in the weeks and months following her loss the family thought of others at this time and raised funds in her memory.
"It is a beautiful and fitting tribute to Ruth and we are extremely grateful for it.
"We will always remember Ruth and are proud that the funds raised in her memory will be spent here in Newcastle to help the work of the RNLI in saving lives."