Mum’s late push for cash to fund me­mo­rial event

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A KIND­HEARTED mum is fac­ing a last minute push to fund an event in mem­ory of two of the peo­ple killed in the Manch­ester Arena bomb­ings.

Kee­ley Berry has raised money to pur­chase me­mo­rial benches for Ali­son Howe and Lisa Lees, both mums from Roy­ton who lost their lives in the ter­ror at­tack as they waited to col­lect their daugh­ters from the Ari­ana Grande con­cert.

Hav­ing or­dered the benches plus a me­mo­rial stone, which will be fit­ted in Roy­ton Park on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, Kee­ley de­cided to or­gan­ise a party in the park event the fol­low­ing day to cel­e­brate and re­mem­ber Ali­son and Lisa.

How­ever, it has got big­ger and big­ger, and hav­ing put as much of her own money in as she pos­si­bly can Kee­ley, 28, now faces a race against time to raise the rest of the fund­ing she needs.

She said: “I am do­ing it com­pletely by my­self. I just thought with Roy­ton be­ing the small town that it is it would be nice to put a me­mo­rial in place.

“It is quite a close-knit com­mu­nity. I re­cently moved to Shaw, which is just a few min­utes away, but I grew up in Roy­ton and I still work there.

“I have done fundrais­ing be­fore, but never any­thing on this scale. Be­cause it was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be a small cel­e­bra­tion I don’t think I re­ally re­alised how much money I would need.”

As well as these costs Kee­ley needs to raise £1,250 for the stage and PA sys­tem, but she is de­ter­mined that the event will go ahead.

There will be bouncy cas­tles, in­flat­a­bles, stalls, food, Pros­ecco and ale, mer­maids, Dis­ney visi­tors and live singers – in­clud­ing co­me­dian Ja­son Man­ford, who this year re­leased an al­bum of his favourite show tunes and will be per­form­ing a few of them on the day.

To make a do­na­tion visit justgiv­ing.com/ crowd­fund­ing/ par­tyinthep­ark­memo­rial.

Kee­ley is also on the look­out for lo­cal busi­nesses in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing the event – any­one able to help out can con­tact her on 07860 947870.

●●Kee­ley Berry

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