Two online fundraising appeals have received almost £30,000 in donations to support Sorrell Leczkowski’s family as they not only grieve, but also recover from their own injuries.
The first aimed to raise funds for Sorrell’s mum, Samantha, who was injured in the blast as she waited to collect Sorrell and another girl after the concert at Manchester Arena last month.
Jenny Roy, who set up the JustGiving appeal online, wrote: “We are raising funds for Samantha who lost her 14-year-old daughter in the atrocities in Manchester.
“Samantha is in hospital and we don’t want her to worry about getting back to work any time soon.”
Initially the target was set at £1,000 but £20,500 has been given by almost 900 people to date.
A second appeal on the JustGiving website is offering support to Sorrell’s self-employed granddad, whose wife suffered terrible injuries in the blast.
It was set up by the couple’s daughter, Stacie Healey, who wrote that her mum had undergone 15 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel from her body.
At the time, they were still waiting for her to come round from the surgery and were keeping a constant watch at her bedside.
Stacie said: “We are a long way from home and my dad will not leave her side.
“He is self-employed and will not work for months because my mum will be here for several weeks.
“Above all this he and my mum lost their granddaughter, Sorrell, in the attack.
“Please, please, please donate so he does not have to worry about money as well as all this. Thank you.”
Within days the appeal broke its £2,000 target and more than 450 people had donated by yesterday, with the total just shy of £8,000.