A nine-year-old girl who was at the Manchester Arena on the night of the May 2017 attack is raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund by running a mile for each of the 22 people who lost their lives.
Neve Mackie, from Grimbsy, was entering the Arena foyer after the Ariana Grande concert when the attack happened – luckily she was not physically harmed.
To mark the anniversary of the tragedy, she decided to do something positive to help those who were affected and has already raised more than £1,000 for the Fund.
Mum Tanya said: “After what happened in Manchester, we were both quite shaken up by it, and we weren’t ready to go to the fundraising concert that Ariana Grande put on.
“A year on, we wanted to do something positive and Neve suggested doing some running. I run anyway so I know all the benefits it can have for you in terms of stress and anxiety. It’s been great for Neve too, being able to do something positive and raise money for the Manchester Emergency Fund.
“Her face lights up every time she gets a donation, and she’s always running with a smile. Neve is still affected by loud noises, but apart from that, she’s coped amazingly well.
“She trains three times a week by swimming, but even after that she puts her trainers on and runs with a big smile. She loves the support people give her and the donations help spur her on in her challenge.
“We have been overwhelmed by all the support and donations and I believe this has helped my daughter bring a positive out of such a horrific ordeal.”
Well done to Neve and Tanya on a generous, healthy gesture. If you would like to donate, they have set up a justgiving page.