Chloe Rutherford's uncle to walk 1,000 miles in memory of South Shields teenager and boyfriend Liam Curry ahead of Pink and Blue Day
The uncle of South Shields teenager Chloe Rutherford who tragically lost her life along with boyfriend Liam Curry in the Manchester bombing has taken on a mammoth challenge in their memory.
Chloe’s uncle,Glenn Rowe, set himself the task of running and walking 1,000 miles in an effort to raise £1,022 for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
The 52-year-old from Marsden started his effort on February 1 and has already covered more than 940 miles, beating his target to raise £1,095 so far.
The charity was set up by their families as a lasting legacy to Chloe, 17, and Liam, 19, who died in the Manchester Arena bomb attack on May 22, 2017.
It gives bursaries to talented young people to help them achieve their dreams in sport and performance, as Chloe was a performer and Liam was a keen sportsman.
The annual event encourages people to dress up in pink and blue and to decorate their homes and businesses in the colours to honour the South Shields couple.
Glenn said: “We have Pink and Blue Day every year but I have never physically done anything for it.
"So I thought if I go out and do something it shows everybody that anybody can get involved.
“A couple of people on the back off this have walked 500 miles themselves so from a standing start the effort has raised £2,000."
More than 200 companies have pledged their support for Pink and Blue Day, which hopes to raise around £30,000 this year for the charity.
“Last year’s event was during lockdown but we still did well – we raised £18,000 which was amazing," Glenn said.
"This year we hope to double last year’s total and raise £30,000."
He added: “When it comes to this charity people are so kind it’s unbelievable.
“Sanddancers from all around the world also get involved as they like to do their bit.
"Pubs and bars in the likes of Brisbane and New Zealand put decorations up and send in their pics.
"It is great to see such support and it means a lot to the family."
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