The parents of much-loved teenagers Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry say they have been left “overwhelmed” as a trust which was founded as as a lasting legacy to their children has been granted charity status.
Mark and Lisa Rutherford and Caroline Curry used their grief and heartache following the death of the couple, last May, as they enjoyed a night at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, to launch the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
They aimed to inspire talented young performers and sportspeople to follow their dreams and support them to reach their full potential through the use of bursaries - a chance both Chloe, 17, who was a talented performer, and Liam, 19, who was a gifted cricketer, were robbed of. With only days to go to the Trust’s first fundraising ball, which took place on Friday, they received the call they had been waiting for - the Trust had been accepted by the Charity Commission.
It was a bitter sweet moment for their parents, who were elated at the news but also saddened their children weren’t here to share it.
To date the trust has raised more than £150,000 since it was launched, last September.
Caroline Curry said: “Becoming a charity has always been the end goal for us. When we got the phonecall to say they had granted us charity status, Lisa just screamed down the phone.
The word thank you never seems enoughLisa Rutherford
“The process was quite indepth, but all the paperwork, all the phonecalls back and forwards has all been worth it.”
Lisa added: “The trustees we have on board all knew the direction we wanted to take the Trust and they were all onboard, they have supported us from day one. Now, we have the charity status, we can start getting the information out there nationally so we can raise more money and help more children as ultimately that’s what it’s all about.
“We keep saying thank you, but the word thank you never seems enough for all the support we have received but we do, we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for what they have done to help us create the legacy we have for our children.”
Caroline said: “We just feel immense pride that we have achieved this for our children. It really does mean so much to us.”
The Trust has already paid out thousands of pounds since applications opened, to young performers and sportspeople to help fund singing lessons, strips, coaching qualifications, terms at performing arts schools and equipment.
The cash has been raised through a range of fundraising events and donations.
For information on the Trust and to apply for a bursary visit the Chloe and Liam Together Trust on Facebook.