A trust fund is being established in the memory Westoe Travel apprentice Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry whi died on the Manchester Arena terrorist bombing.
Chloe, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, lost their lives in the atrocity at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May.
Now their families have set up the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust to honour their memory through what they loved most and hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.
Liam was a talented cricketer and Chloe an accomplished musician who appeared in many performances including Annie and Newcastle Theatre Royal
The trust hopes to be able to help others with funding and grants for auditions, exams, coaching qualifications and travel expenses. The aim is to pay a full time teacher to be able to supply singing lessons and training in musical instruments at subsided costs for all abilities.
Chloe’s former boss, Graeme Brett, of Westoe Travel in South Shields, has agreed to be one of the trustees and the contact address will be at Westoe Travel
Brett said: “This is an amazing project by both families and they are so committed to giving other young people the chance to achieve the ambitions that unfortunately Chloe and Liam did not get the chance to realise.
“There has been massive support for the trust since its launch with over 3,000 wristbands being sold, and a series of events being organised including a golf day, concerts, raffles, Boxing Day dip in the North Sea and various events.
“Schools have held non-uniform days and individuals have donated to the trust.
Comedian Chris Ramsey, who lives in South Shields and is patron of the trust, performed a concert at the Customs House in South Shields and gave all proceed to the trust.
“It is great honour to have been asked to be a trustee and there is so much love and support for the families and the trust.
“The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust is a very fitting memorial and lasting tribute to Chloe and Liam.”
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