'It is a huge comfort to us' - Pink and Blue Day raises £12,000 in memory of Chloe and Liam as their families thank South Tyneside for support

The families of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry have been left ‘overwhelmed’ by the support from the people of South Tyneside after £12,000 was raised in their memory on Pink and Blue Day.

By Sophie Brownson
Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 2:24 pm

South Tyneside turned pink and blue on Saturday in memory of Chloe, 17 and Liam, 19, who were among the 22 people who tragically lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bomb attack on May 22, 2017.

Businesses pledged their support, with many donating to the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust – a charity set up by Chloe’s parents, Lisa and Mark Rutherford, and Liam’s mum, Caroline Curry.

South Tyneside businesses turned pink and blue in memory of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

The charity grants bursaries to help aspiring young performers and sportspeople on their way to fulfilling their potential.

Chloe’s mum, Lisa Rutherford, said: “We are so overwhelmed and thankful for the amazing support from everyone who got involved.

"We are so thankful for everything they did – not just raising such an incredible amount of money, but for wearing pink and blue, decorating houses and businesses and sharing their amazing stories, as well as raising a glass all together at 10.31pm.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

"Sharing with us throughout the day is a huge comfort to us on what is a very difficult time.”

Throughout the day flowers were left on the Chloe and Liam memorial bench outside of South Shields Town Hall which was lit up pink and blue in tribute to the couple.

The 52-year-old from Marsden said: “It was very heartwarming to see so many people getting involved.

Liam's mum Caroline Curry and Chloe's parents, Mark and Lisa Rutherford, with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester.

“It was very emotional at times and once again our little town showed what a big heart it has.”

Details on how to show your support and donate can be found on the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust Facebook page.

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