Student’s Manchester Arena Bombing Terrors Prompt Her Fundraising Effort

Manchester Arena bombing survivor Bridie is set to run the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon to raise money for the We Love Manchester emergency fund.

Manchester Arena bombing survivor, Bridie O'Hare, is set to join thousands of runners on Sunday 8th April at the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon.

Her race will take place just 11 months after she witnessed the tragic Manchester Arena attack which took 23 lives and injured over 500 people.

Bridie hopes to raise money for the We Love Manchester emergency fund - established following the attack to initially support the victims' families.

Bridie, a Leeds Beckett student, described being in the arena during the bombing as a "terrifying ordeal" and she wants to help other people affected by the traumatic experience.

She said: “Since being involved in the tragic Manchester Arena bombing in May last year I’ve wanted to help make a difference to those injured and those who lost a loved one.

“Being in the arena was a terrifying ordeal so I’ve decided in 2018 I would focus on helping myself and others who were directly involved. Therefore I have entered the event in order to raise money for the We Love Manchester emergency fund which is still helping and supporting services and individuals who were unfortunately involved on the evening of the May 22nd.”

Bridie will be joining thousands of runners who all will be helping to raise money for a variety of deserving causes.

Runners are welcome to raise money for their own chosen charities, however, they are also invited to raise money for one of the Sheffield Half Marathon's partner charities.

The Sheffield Half Marathon will be Bridie's first ever running event, but she will have her mum running alongside providing support every step of the way.

Bridie said: “I have never done an official race, however my mum, who is participating with me for the cause, has always been a runner therefore I get it from her.”

She chose the Sheffield Half because: “I wanted to do a race that was close to home, but still a challenging one and one that my mum had never done before.”

Bridie’s fundraising can be supported at http://www.justgiving.com/Bridie-O-Hare1?utm_id=124

If you would like to join Bridie on her run, click to enter the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon

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