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Students support Manchester Arena attack commemorations

31 May 2018

Students helped volunteers from across the city to support the 'Trees of Hope' trail, which commemorated the Manchester Arena attack anniversary

Trees of Hope trail

The trail ran from 19 to 27 May during which time 13 students provided advice and support to members of the public. The students were on hand to help anyone who wanted to write a message on a specially designed ‘Remembering Together’ tag and hang it from one of the 28 Japanese maple trees from Manchester Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square.   

The messages are now being preserved and will be kept in an archive of the city's response to the attack.

Student volunteer Sarah Elie from the USA said: “It was very powerful seeing people coming together and some of the messages on the trees.” 

Another student, Jose Vinaixa, said “Volunteering at the Trees of Hope was a very positive and rewarding experience, unlike any other”.

The students were joined by volunteers from a range of organisations including Victim Support, British Red Cross, Greater Manchester Fire Service, Police Cadets and the Women’s Institute. 

Pictured: Student volunteer Jose from the School of Social Sciences