A Trust fund set up to help aspiring young performers and sportspeople to reach their full potential has received a funding boost.
T2 Limited, the operator behind the Tyne Tunnels, has presented the families of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry a cheque for £1,000.
The Trust is a wonderful way to keep their memories alive.Ron Henderson
The parents of the teenagers, who were killed in the Manchester bombings last May, created the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust in celebration of their lives.
It aims to help aspiring young performers and sportspeople to reach their full potential through bursaries - something the couple were robbed the chance of.
Ron Henderson, Tunnel Manager at TT2 Limited, said: “When the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust was suggested to us, we were delighted to be able to make such a significant donation. Everyone in the North East has been saddened by the loss of Chloe and Liam in such a tragic way, and the Trust is a wonderful way to keep their memories alive.
“We support a number of good causes, but this one struck a chord with us, as it offers support to young people who want to follow a dream. It is a pleasure that we are able to contribute towards this.”
The Tyne Tunnels Community Fund, founded by TT2 in November 2016, donated £1000 as part of its ongoing charity support programme.
The money will go towards the Trust fund that youngsters can apply to for financial support for auditions, interviews, qualifications, travel expenses, or anything required to help make a sports or performance dream a reality.
In its first year, it has attracted support from celebrities, including Stormzy and Rafa Benitez, as well as local and national businesses and individuals, keen to help the couple’s memory alive.
Mark Rutherford, father of Chloe Rutherford, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to TT2 for the generous donation to the Trust. It will help us to give a cash injection to talented performers and sportspeople in need of financial support. We hope that the support we offer will keep Chloe and Liam in people’s thoughts, and make something positive out of a tragic situation.”
TT2 Limited makes it a priority to be a good neighbour to communities in the region. The Tyne Tunnels Community Fund, which plays a major role in this, was established to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the second road tunnel, and strives to support local charitable and educational programmes in the local area.
For more information about the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust visit the Trust’s Facebook page.