Youth group honours Liam and Chloe with walking challenge launched on Pink and Blue Day

A youth group is to walk 122 miles to honour Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 10:53 am
Members of the Hut Youth Group: Lilly Davison; Ruby Hunter; Gracie Nairn; Isabella Carrick; Ruby Duff

Members of youth group The Hut, which is part of South Tyneside Youth Service, are taking on the challenge of walking 122 miles over a year to pay tribute to the young couple and the other 20 people who died in the Manchester Bombing attack.

They are aiming to raise £1,220 for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust, set up to honour the couple’s memory.

The challenge started this past Saturday on Pink and Blue Day on May 22 as the group's youngsters walked from Roker Pier to South Shields Pier, and will end on the same day next year.

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The Hut youth group provides an opportunity for young people in South Tyneside to learn useful new skills, take part in activities and raise money for local charities.

Group member Chloe Williams, 13, said: “Due to lockdown, we had to switch our regular sessions to online zoom calls.

"This meant we missed pink and blue day 2020 so we decided we wanted to do something extra special to honour the charity.

“Our walk is 122 miles long symbolising the 22 people who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing. Our fundraising target is £1,220 to also remember the lives lost. This charity hits close to home so we seized the opportunity to do something we love for the people we love.”

Pink and Blue Day remembers Chloe, 17 and Liam 19, who were among the 22 people who lost their lives in the tragic incident on May 22 2017.

The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust is a charity set up by the parents of the teenagers and aims to inspire and support others to reach their potential.

Group member Gracie Nairn, 13, added: “We are super excited for the challenge! It gives us the chance to be outdoors with our best friends. After all, we haven’t been able to for the past year. I am so excited for all the walks we are going to do.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the challenge can do so via The Hut’s Just Giving page.

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