A FUNDRAISING effort has been launched for a Clydebank nurse whose car was smashed up outside her home.

A 16-year-old boy allegedly crashed into two cars parked on Dumbarton Road, Dalmuir, at 4.25am on April 5. 

It's been claimed that the teenager was drunk and was on his way to a lockdown party at the time - as well as being too young to drive.

Maggie Gangel, 47, who works at the Golden Jubilee Hospital, was asleep at the time after a 12-hour shift. 

Maggie's Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 belonging to her daughter Marissa were both written off.

Maggie, who is a single mum with four daughters, told the Post: "I heard the crash and was down within 30 seconds in my socks. I called 999. 

"I'm going out to help my NHS colleagues save lives.

"I had done a 12 hour shift the day before and had to be in work again at 7am that day for another after being woken up at 4am."

Marissa, 19, who only passed her test a year ago, used her first ever car to get to Glasgow University and her work, though she is on furlough as a result of the pandemic.

Maggie added: "She's not getting any pay. Her car has been smashed up and she has not got any income. She doesn't have the money to be replacing that car, and her insurance will be going up now."

Maggie said she had also been using her car to pick up shopping for a family friend who is self-isolating.

She said: "I can't get their shopping now, and won't be able to get my own.

"Now I haven't got any car, I won't be able to cover any extra shifts in other hospitals. 

"So many nurses are off just now and I won't be able to help cover any more as I haven't got the transport.

"It's just awful."

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of committing a number of road traffic offences, including taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission, driving with no insurance or licence, and driving in a dangerous manner and whilst under the influence of alcohol.

He will appear in court at a later date.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Maggie's friend Margaret Ann McKenna to support the family.

So far, more than £750 has been raised. 

A statement on the fundraising page read: "This page is to help recoup some money for them to get new cars.

"Insurance company is in no hurry to deal with either claim - they need deposits for new cars and to help cover deficit in finance.  

"This couldn’t have happened at a worse time. 

"Maggie should have nothing to worry about other than being the fantastic nurse that she is."

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