Story: Nick’s daughter Freya is a Manchester Arena bombing survivor and is also running the 10K this year. Both Nick and Freya will be doing the run in support of RMCH Charity and have been avid supporters ever since the life-changing events of 2017.
Freya was just 14 when she suffered multiple fractures, lacerations and burns after being hit by shrapnel at the Ariana Grande concert two years ago. Her friend and classmate Nell Jones was tragically killed in the blast.
Freya continues to visit Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as an outpatient.
Nick, 53, said: “She continues to do well but we still have hurdles to overcome in future, most notably when she has major back surgery in July.
“She’ll be back as an inpatient on the High Dependency Unit but it’s testimony to everyone at RMCH that Freya isn’t dreading having to come back.”
Freya is taking part in the One Voice concert at the Bridgewater Hall the day after the 10K and is also writing a book titled ‘What Makes Us Stronger’, which will hopefully be published in February 2020.
Nick and Freya will be joined on the run by her mum Alison & sister Georgia, together with other family and friends, who are all looking forward to the big day.
Nick said: “It’s an incredible occasion and shows Manchester at its very best.”
Nick’s thoughts on Team 10: "I was honoured and humbled when I was asked to join Team 10. Our family has an incredibly strong bond with RMCH and we will always do anything we can to support the charity. Freya owes her life to the staff at RMCH and that’s something that you can never repay.
"Before the bombing we didn’t even know the charity existed. It often seems to be in the shadows of some other hospitals in the UK, which isn’t fair. Hopefully events like this will help raise awareness and money, which is key to making it even better for patients, families and staff."