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Lydia runs in memory of Manchester attack victims

Lydia runs in memory of Manchester attack victims

Published at 1:36pm 30th May 2017. (Updated at 1:50pm 30th May 2017)

A Harrogate woman has raised nearly £1,000 for people affected by the Manchester bombing.

Lydia Bond was supposed to be taking part in the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, but decided to run the same distance around Harrogate instead.

She ended up doing 22 kilometres in two hours and 58 minutes, and carried 22 pink balloons to represent each person who died in the terror attack.

All donations are going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which has already raised £5.76 million for people who have been injured or bereaved as a result of last week's atrocity.

Lydia Bond

Lydia Bond after completing her run for people affected by the Manchester bombing

Lydia told Stray FM: "I'm just really happy that we've raised so much money already. I had friends from work and my family around Harrogate with buckets explaining what I was doing. Between them alone, they raised £327.

"I got a few beeps of horns and cars stopping to give me cash donations and somebody even joined in running with me."

You can support Lydia at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LydiarunforManchester