Hospital fundraiser kicks off after popular County Derry businessman dies
The family of a popular Derry County businessman who died after contracting Covid-19 has started an online fundraiser for the hospital units who treated him.
Bobby Mullan, of Bob Mullan Motors in Campsie, died in hospital on September 20, three weeks after contracting the virus.
The father of seven, from Drumsurn, was laid to rest in St Finlough’s cemetery in Ballykelly on Wednesday after Requiem Mass at Star of the Sea Church in Faughanvale.
Mr. Mullan had been involved in the automotive industry for over 40 years after establishing Bob Mullan Motors in Ballykelly in 1980.
The business had been closed all week however, as it prepared to reopen, a company spokesperson took to social media yesterday to pay tribute to those who offered their support after the death by Bobby.
“As we reopen our doors, we the staff of Bob Mullan Motors and the family of Bobby would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support over the past week and all. throughout the three weeks that Bobby was in the hospital, ”the Facebook post read.
“We are amazed by your kindness and the many tributes in his honor. We thank everyone who attended his wake and funeral, as well as all the local community and local businesses who stood out to show their respect as Bobby made his final trip past the company he loved and on the way to his last resting place.
“We expected to have many more years with Bobby, and we are devastated that Covid took him from us.”
The post went on to explain that Bobby’s family decided to raise funds for the intensive care unit and 26C ward at Altnagelvin Hospital as a thank you for the care given to the father and grandfather.
“As everyone knows, Bobby was a very charitable man, and in his honor his family created a Just Giving page to raise funds for the 26C department and the ICU, Altnagelvin Hospital, to recognize the care and generosity they showed to Bobby in his final. days. All donations made are greatly appreciated. He was truly a man for a man.
On a JustGiving page created by Mr Mullan’s daughter Emma, the family set a fundraising goal of £ 1,000.
“We would like to raise funds for the 26C ward and the ICU, Altnagelvin Hospital, in memory of our father Bobby Mullan,” Emma said. tirelessly to care for and provide support and comfort to our father and we will be forever indebted to them.
“Our father was a very charitable man and in his honor we would like to collect as much as possible to support these services and the amazing staff in their battle against Covid.
“We thank you all very much for all donations made, they are greatly appreciated.”
To donate to fundraising, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bobby-mullan.