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Pupils show support for their teacher

The children of Bickerstaffe CE School were keen to help their teacher Alison Aitken raise funds for the ‘We Love Manchester’ appeal.

Alison and her daughter Chloe, 21, attended the Ariana Grande concert on the 22 May 2017. The explosion happened as the pair reached the foyer doors and whilst they were they were both uninjured physically, the emotional and psychological of what they saw and experienced, was immense.  

The following day, mum and daughter both resolved to stand with the rest of Manchester to become stronger from what happened and to not allow the experience to negatively define their future.

Being in large crowds can be a frightening experience for them and can create feelings of being trapped.

For these reasons, Alison was unable to attend an event in the Liverpool Echo arena in January, where her youngest daughter was performing in a choir.

Alison said: “We are learning to overcome these feelings slowly and are optimistic for the future.

“Chloe has recently completed her teaching degree, with a final grade of outstanding, despite experiencing many difficulties, as a result of that evening.”  

Alison and Chloe both joined the Manchester Survivors Choir and have found that singing is a great way to heal.  Prose have released a song ‘A City United’ which features the choir.

To raise more funds for the appeal, mum and daughter decided in addition to this, they would attempt the Manchester 10k and to climb Snowdon, along with Chloe’s boyfriend Lewis.

Chloe said: “As crowds are still a bit intimidating for us, we decided to climb Snowdon on the anniversary, instead of gathering in Manchester.  

“Raising money, being in nature and pushing ourselves physically, was a great way to mark the day.”

The children in school also held a full scale wedding and donations were collected from the prosecco and scones refreshments that were served.  

So far, they have almost met their £500 fundraising target.

If anyone wishes to donate then visit their page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aitken-baxter

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