Lucy helps the home­less in mem­ory of dad


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By HE­LEN JOHN­SON

A LIT­TLE girl who lost her beloved dad when she was just four is car­ry­ing on a Christ­mas tra­di­tion they started to­gether, by help­ing the home­less.

Three years ago, Daniel Bradley took daugh­ter Lucy into Manch­ester to leave parcels filled with knit­ted hats and scarves in Sackville Gar­dens, for rough sleep­ers to find.

Daniel had hoped it would be­come some­thing they could do to­gether at Christ­mas ev­ery year, but he trag­i­cally died the fol­low­ing sum­mer from rare com­pli­ca­tions of di­a­betes, aged just 35.

But Lucy, now seven, and her grandma Lyn were de­ter­mined to carry on what Daniel started.

Ev­ery year since then, they have taken hand­made win­ter wool­lens into Manch­ester and handed them out to rough sleep­ers.

This year, they have done even bet­ter, and have amassed a huge haul of items with the sup­port of fam­ily, friends and Lyn’s col­leagues.

They have filled bags with a mix of items, in­clud­ing toi­letries, choco­late boxes, drinks, hand warm­ers, torches and pads and pens.

They even bought pet treats and blan­kets for dogs, and handed ev­ery­thing out to peo­ple liv­ing on the streets on Sun­day. Lyn said: “Lucy looks for­ward to it, we al­ways talk about it.

“Her school spoke about what she’d be do­ing and she got a round of ap­plause from the other chil­dren.”

Lyn says that her son, who worked for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, was a very car­ing per­son.

She says his own strug­gle with di­a­betes had left him with a huge sense of em­pa­thy for peo­ple in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

Lyn says that Lucy has the same car­ing at­ti­tude, and even wanted to buy tents for ev­ery­one she met last year.

Although Lyn ex­plained that their bud­get wouldn’t quite stretch that far, next year they are hop­ing to also hand out coats.

Lyn, from Longsight, added: “She’s al­ways been a car­ing lit­tle girl, she used to look af­ter her dad when his blood su­gar was low. This is a big part of what she does”.

Lucy speaks to ev­ery­one she meets to ex­plain what she is do­ing, and tells them all about her dad.

Lyn added: “We al­ways talk about Daniel, he is never out of the con­ver­sa­tion. This is some­thing for the fu­ture, that she’ll al­ways have the priv­i­lege of do­ing. It was some­thing Daniel was very pas­sion­ate about. It will carry on ev­ery year.”

Lucy Bradley

Daniel Bradley

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