Fundraisers pin their hopes on doubling funds for families of terror attack victims
THE owners of a business in Tarleton who have already raised £500-plus for the families of two young girls who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack, are ‘pinning’ their hopes on more than doubling that amount with their latest fundraiser.
Claire Newland and Dave Wilkinson, directors of Newland and Wilkinson Independent Funeral Directors, raised the initial total by selling commemorative wristbands for people to wear in memory of Georgina Callander and Saffie Rose Russo.
Ariana Grande superfan Georgina, 18, and eight-year-old Saffie Rose, a pupil at Tarleton Community Primary School, were two of the 22 victims killed in the attack by suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.
The silicone bands, in both adult and child sizes in pink and yellow, were offered at a suggested donation price of £1 each and sold out within 24 hours.
Now Claire and Dave are selling pin badges, each depicting both a yellow and a pink balloon, which are also available for a suggested donation of £1.
Already more than 900 of the badges have been snapped up and with less than 100 left, the pair are confident of another ‘sell-out’.
The proceeds of the two appeals will be totalled up and divided between the two girls’ families next month.
Claire Newland told the Champion: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to both appeals.
“We had lots of people coming in to buy the wristbands and even when we told them we had run out they were still putting donations in the box!
“Now the pin badge appeal has been equally phenomenal – we have sold more than 900 already in only a few weeks and are now down to less than 100 left.
“We're hoping donations for the pin badges alone will help us to reach another £1,000 to add to the funds raised by the bands.
“We have been absolutely astounded by the generosity of the community.”
For more information or to buy a badge, call in to the company premises in Hesketh Lane or call Claire on 01772 811165.