Mum’s late push for cash to fund memorial event
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.