22 May 2017, 22:31 ....a time that will never be forgotten.
The Manchester arena attack saw the loss of 22 lives. It also caused physical injuries to 800 people – and prompted over 3,000 to seek various forms of help and support. It also sent ripples of shock across the world.
I was working as a police officer on the night of the attack, and as a result worked on the frontline with my colleagues to help those immediately affected by the incident. For the next few weeks, we ended up spending time with the victims and their friends and families, offering our help and support as they tried to come to terms with their lives being turned upside down.
Through our love and support for those families unbreakable bonds and friendships have been formed which I value greatly.
Although I am now firefighter, I am still on a mission to ensure the memory of those 22 angels and all the victims of that night are remembered forever. And have set myself a challenge to run 22 10km races – one race for each victim whose life was lost on that dreadful night.
At the end of each race, I will collect the finishers medal, and have it engraved with the name of the specific person I dedicated the race to. I
will then give the engraved medal to the victim’s family as a keepsake.
My goal is to raise £10,000. This will be split between two funds , the Manchester emergency fund and the Manchester memorial fund.
To date I have run 13 and raised £6000.37 - which has been dedicated to the We Love Manchester Emergency fund – which has now closed.
As I have 9 races to complete, I will raise the remaining funds for Manchester Memorial Fund, who are committed to building a beautiful everlasting memorial for the 22 victims which with ties in with my cause to preserve the lives and memories of the 22 Manchester angels.
There is still so much to do, and I still need your support!
This is a very personal cause to me and I hope you can support me on my quest to raise £10,000 split between the memorial fund and the emergency fund.
Please give anything you can I really appreciate your generosity.