Pensioner’s generous gift after collection for Leeds family of Manchester bombing victim stolen

Sorrell Leczkowski who died in the terror attack.
Sorrell Leczkowski who died in the terror attack.

A generous pensioner has donated £500 to help rebuild a collection for the family of a Leeds schoolgirl killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.

The Leeds man donated the cash after the theft of the original collection, which was being made for the family of 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski.

He said he had read the article and wanted to make a donation because he was horrified.

Jane Flynn, shop assistant

The collection was stolen from the counter of Costcutter in Ireland Wood on the afternoon of Sunday, June 18.

But staff at the shop began fundraising again immediately, with owner Praf Patel giving £100 and colleague Jane Flynn donating a day’s wages.

And after reading all about it in the YEP, the pensioner from Whinmoor handed over an envelope containing £500.

Shop assistant Ms Flynn said: “He said he had read the article and wanted to make a donation because he was horrified by what happened. He told me how much was in the envelope and I checked with him to make sure he could afford it. His generosity was overwhelming.”

Shop owner Praff Patel added: “I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe it. He was such a sweet old man. He said he gives money to charities all over the place and said this one really hit him hard.”

A fundraiser with food and a bouncy castle will also be held outside the shop in Raynel Approach from 1pm on Sunday.

Allerton High School pupil Sorrell was among 22 people killed during the bombing which followed an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Others killed included Leeds Beckett University student Courtney Boyle, 19, and Wendy Fawell, 50, from Otley.

Many more were seriously injured, including Sorrell’s mother and grandmother.

Earlier, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited some of the Manchester Arena staff who were on duty on the night of the terror attack.

Camilla told them: “I think you are all incredible. It must have been incredibly difficult for you. People have got a lot to thank you for.”