THE FAMILY of a Catrine mum who died of coronavirus say the thousands of pounds raised for the hospital that treated her has been “overwhelming”.

The Mullens have raised £4,000 for Crosshouse Intensive Care Unit, where their ‘rock’ of a mum and wife Colette spent her final days under the care of doctors and nurses.

Colette passed away peacefully on Friday, April 10 after she was admitted to hospital with symptoms of COVID-19. She was just 48.

Her loving family of husband Neil, twins Rebecca and Celine, 21, Chelsea, 24 and son Liam 28 have been amazed by the donations to their online fundraiser.

They wanted to help other families stay in touch with loved ones after they were able to say goodbye to Colette and tell her how “loved she was”.

Daughter Chelsea told the Chronicle: “We are completely overwhelmed by amount we managed to raise for Crosshouse ICU.

“We never even expected to raise half as much as we did. We are so grateful for the generosity of people. It is one amazing thing to come from such a difficult time, to help the NHS in our mum’s memory.”

“The team at Crosshouse did everything they could for my mum. They set up a secure connection so my dad could see her and speak with her. We weren’t as a family able to visit her but this was the next best thing.”

An additional 12 tablet devices have also been donated by their extended family to Ayr and Crosshouse hospitals.

The cheque for the £4,000 and the 12 tablets were handed in to the NHS Ayrshire and Arran hospitals by funeral director Ryan Wilson, of Wilson and Drury Funeral Services, who arranged a stunning cortège through the village, as Colette was laid to rest on Tuesday, April 21.

Chelsea said: “We cannot express how thankful we are to Ryan Wilson. We can’t thank Wilson and Drury Funeral Services enough.

“It was a horrible time for all of us, but it was made more bearable thanks to him.”

NHS Ayrshire and Arran say they have been stunned by the number of donations made to them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director, said: “We are truly grateful to each and every kind offer we have received.

“The generosity of families who have been affected in the current pandemic has touched us deeply and we thank them from the bottom of our heart for their contributions in helping other patients and families in whatever way they can.”

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