Lucy helps the homeless in memory of dad
GIRL WHO LOST FATHER AT FOUR CARRIES ON FESTIVE GESTURE TO HELP HOMELESS
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.”