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Aaron runs for the Manchester bombing victims

Aaron runs for the Manchester bombing victims

Monday May 22nd 2017 changed many lives forever as 22 people tragically lost their lives in a terrorist attack in our beloved city as a suicide bomber chose a pop concert, attended by many thousands of children, to unleash this devastating attack.

It is thankfully often the case, that out of such tragedy beautiful examples of human spirit and kindness are shown. Enter Aaron Parmar.

On this night Aaron was a police officer at the scene in the midst of this dreadful unfolding attack. In the weeks and months after he supported members of a family from Newcastle to support them in the aftermath.

2019 sees Aaron, now a firefighter from Oldham, wanting to give something back. He wants to raise money for both the families and the victims. And the way he is doing it is nothing short of beautiful.

He has chosen to run 22 10km races  = one for each of the victims. Each finishers medal he receives he is having engraved with the name of one of the victims and donating it to the family as a keepsake. One of the final races is been run in the name of the village’s own Martyn Hett.

To raise money he is seeking sponsorship with a £10,000 target. As he approaches his final few races, he has raised a fantastic £6500. The first £6000 has been donated to the Emergency Fund to support the victims and the families. The final £4000 he would like to donate to create a permanent memorial to the 22 who sadly lost their lives.

I would implore anyone and everyone to spare whatever they can to donate to this wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives and those who still suffer with the scars, mentally and physically from this awful attack.

Donate via the link below

FOLLOW THE JOURNEY ON TWITTER HERE - @aaronlp1

James Cunningham for Canal St Online.

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Published: 21-Feb-2019

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