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.
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 is the national depression charity in the north and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar
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
“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-