British Red Cross and Charities at Work
British Red Cross and Charities at Work

We Were There in Manchester

Hollie is just like any other teenage girl who loves music and dancing. Back in 2017, she was excited to see the Ariana Grande concert with her mum and auntie. But as you'll remember, this happy occasion was to become the scene of the worst terror attack in the UK since the London bombings in 2005.

© Percy Dean/British Red Cross


We don't need to remind you of how lives were lost and changed forever.

Hollie was left with broken bones and serious internal injuries. Heatbreakingly, her Auntie Kelly lost her life. Read Hollie's story here.

Hollie had to overcome so much. Her phsyical recovery was long and painful. And she had to deal with the distressing loss of her auntie too.

Despite, everything, Hollie was determined to recover, and rekindle her long-held dream of performing. She was loaned a wheelchair by the Red Cross, and provided with aids for practical things like getting out of the bath. She was determined to get back to her passion of dancing.

"The Red Cross has made a massive difference to me and my life over the last year", Hollie said. "I really wouldn't have been able to manage without them."

True to her fighting spirit, a year on from the attack, Hollie wowed the nation with her dance troupe at the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals.

"She didn't want what happened to define her", Hollie's mum, Claire, said proudly.

You can watch Hollie's performance here.

British Red Cross volunteers worked tirelessly with the emergency services on the night of the Manchester attack.

Thanks to the generous support from our donors, volunteers provided transport to local hospitals and emotional support to the families affected. But they didn't stop there.

As with Hollie, the Red Cross continued to be there for people affected.

Thank you so much for reading Hollie's story.