The 22nd of May 2018 will mark the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. On this night, 22 innocent lives were taken and many other people were injured. From that moment on, lives were changed forever and it is a night many of us will never forget.
Two of the lives lost that night were Chloe Rutherford (17) and Liam Curry (19), both from South Shields in North East England. They had attended the Ariana Grande concert together. The pair were inseparable and their future together was planned; they were to move in together, have a family, and be together forever. Chloe was a talented songwriter and performer, whilst Liam loved all sports, particularly cricket. At the time of the attack, he had just passed his cricketing coaching qualifications.
To honour Chloe and Liam’s lives and their passions, their families set up the ‘Together Forever Trust’ (https://www.facebook.com/ChloeAndLiamTogetherForever/). This trust aims to provide financial support to aspiring performers and young athletes in the North East in order to help them achieve their dreams. The trust has already enlisted backing from celebrities such as Newcastle and Sunderland managers Rafa Benitez and Chris Coleman, Stormzy, and many more. So far, over £20,000 has been raised!
To remember Chloe and Liam and all those who lost their lives that night, I ask you to join myself and the trust in wearing an item of Pink and/or Blue on May 22nd (https://www.facebook.com/events/2082004825414129/). This simple gesture will mean so much to the family and they have asked for people to post a photo of themselves in their blue or pink item and use #chloeandliam on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
For more information, or to donate to the trust, click on the following link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chloeandliamtogetherforever.
Together we can show that there is no room for hate and that love will always win.
“The bees still buzz”
By Holly Simpson