For­mer teacher’s pink bal­loon tat­too for Saffie

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

ATEACHER who taught Saffie Rose Rous­sos at Tar­leton Com­mu­nity pri­mary school is rais­ing money for the school and her class­mates.

Af­ter the tragic ter­ror at­tack at the Manch­ester arena on May 22, in which eightyear-old Saffie was the youngest vic­tim, Andy Quigley was im­pressed with how the coun­try re­acted to such a ter­ri­ble event.

Peo­ple have been show­ing their lon­glast­ing sup­port by get­ting the ‘Manch­ester Bee’ tat­too, from which tat­tooists are giv­ing the pro­ceeds to the We Love Manch­ester Emer­gency Fund in aid of the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.

Andy Quigley, 26, who taught SaffieRose’s class for one year, has taken in­spi­ra­tion from this.

The teacher plans to get a tat­too of a pink bal­loon on his body to raise money for ei­ther a me­mo­rial for Saffie’s school, or for a fun day out for her class mates.

On his Just­Giv­ing page, Andy said: “I had the great plea­sure of teach­ing Saffie Rose’s class for a year. Tar­leton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary is a lovely school and all of the kids in the class were so like­able.

“As you can imag­ine I, along with the whole school com­mu­nity, was shocked and sad­dened by the events on May 22 and strug­gled to be­lieve her loss as be­ing real for a few days.

“The days and weeks that fol­lowed the at­tack saw the lo­cal com­mu­nity come to­gether in fan­tas­tic spirit, cov­er­ing the area in pink and yel­low bows and bal­loons in sup­port to ev­ery­one af­fected.

“This has in­spired me to do some­thing sim­i­lar, with a feel a lit­tle closer to home. I have de­cided to get a tat­too of a pink bal­loon and raise funds for the school.

“We have de­cided the money shall be used for one of two things; ei­ther to go to­wards a me­mo­rial at the school if the fam­ily want one, or to­wards a day out for the chil­dren in her class who have had to en­dure a very dif­fi­cult few months.”

The tar­get amount on the fundrais­ing page is £500, but af­ter be­ing live for less than one week, £230 has al­ready been raised.

The end date for fundrais­ing is Au­gust 18 and that is likely to be the date that the for­mer Tar­leton Com­mu­nity pri­mary school pupil will be get­ting inked.

The plans for this fundraiser came af­ter it was an­nounced that Saffie’s fu­neral was set to be held at Manch­ester Cathe­dral yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, July 26.

If you would like to give a do­na­tion, visit www.just­giv­­fund­ing/andyquigley

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