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Shona Killen's charity fundraising page sees donations soar

27-year-old was due to take part in Stormont Memory Walk for Alzheimer's Society

There has been a huge surge in donations to the charity fundraising page set up by barrister Shona Killen who has died while on holiday in Spain.

Shona, from Cloughey in Co Down, was with her boyfriend in the Costa del Sol when she took ill in the early hours of Monday morning.

Despite desperate attempts by doctors and paramedics to save the 27-year-old, she died in hospital an hour after the alarm was raised.

Shona was due to take part in a charity walk on Saturday at Stormont to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. Several friends and colleagues now intend to complete the walk in her memory.

Following news of her death hundreds of people have made donations to her fundraising page with almost £2,000 raised by Wednesday morning - 10 times Shona's original target.

Many of those donating offered their condolences to Ms Killen's family.

Amy wrote: "Such sad & shocking news to hear of such a lovely person taken too soon. A great charity. Thoughts & prayers are with everybody at such a hard time.

Another anonymous donor wrote: "For Shona. Her bubbly personality will be missed around Ards/Downpatrick courts. Thoughts are with her family xx"

Shona's older brother Michael (37) has flown out to Spain to retrieve his sister's body. Shona's devastated family are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to discover the cause of death.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph yesterday her second brother Eamon (34) said the family were heartbroken by her death.

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