THE heartbroken sister of Nadine Lott honored the mother of her memory by helping to raise thousands for charity.
The Irish Sun can reveal that Nadine’s sister Phoebe has raised much-needed money for Women‘s Aid after taking on the challenge to walk 80 kilometers in February.
Nadine was just 30 when she was the target of a sustained, barbaric and unprovoked monstrous attack by her short-lived ex-partner Daniel Murtagh at her home in Arklow, Co Wicklow on December 13, 2019.
She lost her courageous fight for life four days later, surrounded by her loving family.
And as Nadine’s grieving family continue to miss her ‘beyond words’, Phoebe hopes her actions can help women across Ireland who have been victims of violence.
After posting her plans on Facebook on January 18, Phoebe shared how she hoped to raise around €150 for the support group.
But within an hour of its publication, the figure had risen to €800.
And, before his walks start today, the figure now stands at €13,605.
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Once Phoebe’s walks are complete, the money raised from her efforts will be donated to the group.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Sun, Phoebe explained that the initiative was her way of honoring Nadine.
She said: “Nadine has brought so much joy and love to so many lives and this is my way of continuing her legacy. Our strength will always come from Nadine. If she had been with us today, it’s an initiative that she would have fully embraced.
“Once I saw the project unfold, I immediately knew it was something I had to do in memory of my wonderful sister.
‘WORTHY OF INTEREST’
“If the funds I have raised can help a woman or a family, I know it will have been worth it.
“The fundraising effort is for a very good cause and I’m so grateful to be able to participate.”
And Phoebe also told how she supported the Irish Sun’s ‘Call This Out’ initiative, which aims to raise awareness of violence against women.
She added: “I would support any initiative that highlights the dangers women face in our society. The violence must stop once and for all.
Phoebe also paid tribute to everyone who supported her campaign, adding, “The support I’ve had has been phenomenal and I can’t thank everyone enough.
“At first I was hoping to raise a few hundred euros, but it just kept going up and up and I still can’t believe it. The money raised will go a long way to helping a woman who is being abused.
“I also think the donations I received show how much Nadine meant to so many people.
“People have also offered to come for walks with me and we also know that some of Nadine’s friends do as well.”
Phoebe’s mother, Claire, also paid tribute to her daughter’s fundraising efforts.
Claire added: “What Phoebe does is another example of Nadine’s legacy.
“Nadine has touched so many lives and it’s clear people just want to help Phoebe with her fundraising efforts.
“This is something Phoebe decided to do on her own in memory of Nadine and we are all very proud of her – she is so strong. I would also like to thank everyone who donated to such a worthy cause.”
Her efforts were also praised by Women’s Aid representative Ann Larkin, who works with women in Co Louth.
Ann said: “It’s phenomenal what Phoebe has done and her efforts are greatly appreciated.
“The fact that there have been so many donations shows that the community wants to see change.
“I would like to wish her the best as she embarks on this challenge over the next few weeks.”
THE HEART OF THE FAMILY
Speaking to the Irish Sun ahead of Christmas, Nadine’s mum also spoke of her family’s pain over the holidays.
She added: “We are keeping Nadine’s memory alive for my granddaughter Kya. We had to try to make Christmas a happy occasion for Kya.
“We talk about Nadine every day. During our conversations with Kya, we would comment that “your mom would like that” or “remember that time mom said”.
“Kya has pictures of her mom all over her room, her mom is all around us in the house.”
Nadine’s mother also spoke of her daughter’s caring nature when she was young, adding: “As a child, she was interested in everything, such as athletics, tennis, ballet, speaking and acting.
“When she was three she memorized a poem and they let her recite it at the Arklow Music Festival. She just wanted to be there because her big sister was there. her determination and Phoebe is like her big sister in that regard.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE OUR CULTURE
It’s time to change.
After the shocking death of 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy in Co Offaly, the nation is crying enough is enough.
It is time to end violence against women, the culture that contributes to it and the everyday misogyny that still exists in certain sections of society.
There can no longer be leakage or ignorance of the problem.
We ask everyone – men and women, young and old – to speak out against any situation that makes a woman feel uncomfortable, disrespectful, unequal, not to mention fearful, threatening or dangerous.
It’s up to all of us to SPELL IT OUT – whether it’s a sexist joke, a throwaway comment about a woman’s image, a lewd look, or anything else that raises concerns for a woman’s safety.
It is only when we all act together that we can bring about meaningful change.
So please join us and CALL THIS!
FOR more information or support, contact Women’s Aid 24/7 on 1800 341 900.