The charity set up by the parents of Westoe Travel trainee Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry, who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing, has raised £225,000 in its first year.

The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust gives grants to young people to help them achieve their ambitions in sport and performance.

More than 25 young people have already received grants to help them attended music and theatre schools or take part in competitions to improve their performance in sport.

Westoe Travel’s Graeme Brett, a trustee and treasurer of the trust, said: “The whole community has got behind the trust with some amazing initiatives to raise money to support the Trust.

“Chloe’s parents and Liam’s mam Caroline are so inspirational and have been amazing in their determination for the trust to support other young people.”

Meanwhile, Brett celebrates his 60th birthday on October 9 and has asked family and friends “not to buy him socks or smelly stuff” but instead to make a donation to The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust here