HELP­ING HAND

Cam­paign for son of mur­dered Gar­diner Mines woman get­ting sup­port

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Cam­paign to help mur­dered woman’s son gain­ing steam.

Or­ga­niz­ers of a cam­paign launched to help the young son of a woman re­cently mur­dered in Cape Bre­ton are over­whelmed by the pub­lic re­sponse.

As of Friday morn­ing the cam­paign for the son of the late SaraBeth Forbes had raised $11,480.

“We are amazed, over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity,” said Tanya Hen­nick-McNeil. “We are very happy with the out­come.”

Hen­nick-McNeil said friends and fam­ily have do­nated as well as peo­ple they don’t know and even unions. One do­na­tion came from New York.

Forbes, 33, was found dead in her house on April 18. Her com­mon-law hus­band Richard Wayne McNeil, 40, was ar­rested at the scene and has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der in her death.

Hen­nick-McNeil and Terri Spooney be­gan the GoFundMe cam­paign for the im­me­di­ate and fu­ture needs of the son.

Hen­nick-McNeil and Spooney worked with Forbes at Park­land

Cape Bre­ton, an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney. Af­ter the cam­paign launched, more than $1,300 was raised in 14 hours and in four days the cam­paign topped $6,000.

She said if any­one doesn’t have the means to do­nate, even shar­ing the page helps a lot.

“Terry and I just want to thank those who have do­nated and who have helped to get this out there by shar­ing the page,” she said. “From shar­ing the page, tweet­ing the page, talk­ing about it, just get­ting it out there, is mak­ing it all hap­pen.”

Hen­nick-McNeil said the cam­paign will con­tinue for another month.

She said she will also pick up any do­na­tions and peo­ple can call her at 902-322-9507.

“If some­one can’t do­nate on­line and needs me to come and get it, I will.”

The goal is $15,000 but she said they are hop­ing to ex­ceed that. She said they have also re­ceived a lot of mes­sages of sup­port for the fam­ily.

Forbes has been de­scribed as a kind-hearted woman who was de­voted to her son and who would have done any­thing to help any­one.

The ‘Sup­port for SaraBeth’s son’ gofundme cam­paign can be reached at https://www.gofundme.com/sup­port-for-sara­beths-son-devon

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