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Fundraiser set up by family of 'selfless' NHS nurse who died from coronavirus

Rebecca Mack Credit: NCJ Media

The family of Rebecca Mack, the 29-year-old NHS nurse killed by coronavirus, are raising money for the children she dedicated her career too.

Tributes flooded in for the Morpeth nurse, who friends say was "one of a kind", after news of her death broke.

Now her mum Marion, 59, has created a JustGiving page in her daughter's memory, raising money for the Children's Cancer Fund, which helps youngsters battling cancer at the Great North Children's Hospital.

The initial £2,000 target has been passed in under a day, while her mum has paid a fresh tribute to her beloved daughter:

Our wonderful daughter died much too soon as a result of Covid-19. She was selfless, fun and caring. Her death has devastated us but we want to make something positive out of this, because that is what Rebecca would have wanted.

"Her aim in life was to help others. So please dig deep. Many of you are in financial hardship at the moment but any donation no matter how small will make a difference."

– Marion Mack
Rebecca (left) died at the age of 29 Credit: NCJ Media

Rebecca told her family days before her death that her symptoms were easing.

However, she died on Sunday, having called an ambulance for herself and leaving the door open for paramedics.

So far, over 150 people have donated cash to the cause on her behalf.

Among them, Andrew Minto, who alongside his gift paid tribute to "a selfless hero who gave everything for the health and well being of others".

Elsewhere, tributes have poured in from social media and beyond. After news of her death broke on Thursday, the hashtag #RIPRebecca was trending on Twitter.

Among the stars to tweet their condolences was former England footballer Gary Lineker, who spoke of the "terribly sad" news.

Several of the youngest coronavirus casualties to date have been front-line NHS staff. Among them 23-year-old nurse John Alagos, who collapsed following a shift.

Another, 39-year-old nurse Aimee O'Rourke, died at the Kent hospital where she worked. She had three children.

However, while Marion admitted the family were devastated by their loss, she added: "To realise how many lives she had changed for the better has given us so much comfort."

Her funeral will be held in Blyth on April 22. Due to social distancing rules, only eight mourners will be allowed to attend.

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