Nell’s friend Freya (on ITV’s Lorraine this morning), injured in the Manchester Arena attack, raised £40,000 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the wake of the atrocity and was honoured at the NHS Heroes Awards last night.
Freya Lewis broke down in tears as her efforts were recognised by Louis Tomlinson at the ceremony on Monday night. Freya, 15, was presented with The Young Fundraiser Award by the former One Direction star.
The NHS Heroes Awards will be shown on ITV at 8.30pm on Monday, May 21.
(From Manchester Evening News…)
The teenager, from Holmes Chapel, was just three metres away from the blast that ripped through the Arena on May 22 following an Ariana Grande concert.
The attack killed 22 people. Freya suffered multiple fractures from shrapnel and one of her best friends, Nell Jones, 14, was killed. Freya had multiple operations and was at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for five weeks.
Doctors feared she may never walk again. But after three months in a wheelchair, she was back on her feet. She has now raised £40,000 for the hospital and next weekend will take part in the Great Manchester Run.
Freya’s mum Alison says: “She is so determined. She has shown the most incredible strength.”
The ceremony – hosted by Paul O’Grady – will be broadcast on ITV next week.
Manchester Evening News.
🐝 Remembering Nell 🐝