Charity's tribute to 'outstanding young man' Liam Curry after death in Manchester bombing

Liam Curry completed a charity bike ride for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation aged 15.

Liam Curry completed a charity bike ride for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation aged 15.

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A charity helped by Manchester bombing victim Liam Curry has paid tribute to an 'outstanding young man'.

Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields, and girlfriend Chloe Rutherford, 17, are among 22 people who died in the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

Their deaths have touched the hearts of scores of people across the region, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Liam had raised funds for the charity during his father and grandfather's battles with cancer.

A statement from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said: "We are devastated to learn 19-year-old Liam Curry and his girlfriend, Chloe Rutherford, are among the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

"Liam was an outstanding young man and a great credit to his family.

"At 14, he began fundraising for us after his granddad, Jack Allen, was diagnosed with cancer and he proudly completed a coast to coast cycle ride.

"Cruelly, his dad, Andrew Curry, was also diagnosed with cancer and died in March this year.

"Liam continued fundraising during his Dad’s illness and undertook a 260 mile sponsored cycle ride from Calais to Paris and a Great North Run to help raise funds for us.

"No words can adequately convey feelings at a time like this.

"Our thoughts are with Liam’s loved ones and all the victims’ families and friends."