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Campaign in memory of ‘beautiful angel’

The late Erica Ramsey.

THE family of  a young Strabane mother, who died suddenly earlier  this year are  now coming together to raise funds and  try and make 
a difference in her memory.

Erica Ramsey died on May 29, leaving behind a partner, two young sons  and many broken hearts.

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One of Erica’s closest friends and niece Giusell Di Nucci, is  spearheading a fundraising campaign to help raise money for Aware NI.

“When Erica died, our world was shattered into a million pieces,”  said Giusell.

“She was an amazing person, full of life and love. She was the life  of any party and lit up the darkest of rooms with her beautiful smile 
and infectious laugh.”

Following on from Erica’s death Giusell said she and her family were  shocked to discover how limited mental health services are in the town.

As a result Giusell and five other family members will be running the  Belfast Half Marathon in aid of the charity.

“Our family decided we wanted to get actively involved in helping  people suffering from mental health issues in Strabane,” she continued.

“Although there are mental health services available locally these are under funded and under pressure, so we decided to raise money for 
Aware NI.”

Aware NI is the national depression charity in the north and the only  charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar 
disorder.

The Derry-born organisation has 25 support groups across the country  which deliver mental health and well-being programmes.

At the moment Aware’s services are growing in Strabane. The charity  holds a weekly support group which is based in Strabane Library and 
this takes place every Thursday from 6.30-8pm; as well as delivering  workshops within schools and training services.

Hoping to help Aware deliver more services in the town Giusell added,  “We need more accessible professional mental health services in this 
town.

“Strabane is such a friendly place and we can come together and beat  suicide.

“Erica, our gorgeous angel should still be with us, she was the heart  of our family. She was so special to everybody and loved by everyone 
she came in contact with.

“We would never have dreamt that this would have come knocking on our  door, or that the light of our family would no longer be shining 
bright. We just loved her so much and we want her memory to live on.”

If anyone would like to donate to Giusell and her family’s cause you  can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/-ericas-remembrance-half-
marathon.

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