Businesses look to support victims of Manchester attack

Suzi Boucher of Caffe Barista in the Beacon Shopping Centre in North Shields.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Suzi Boucher of Caffe Barista in the Beacon Shopping Centre in North Shields. Picture by Jane Coltman

Businesses in North Tyneside are supporting families and victims caught up in the attack in Manchester.

Collection boxes have been set up in some stores while others are planning fund-raising events.

Caffé Barista, in the Beacon Centre, North Shields, has set up a collection bucket inside its premises, which raised nearly £100 in a matter of hours, and will hold an event on Saturday.

There will be face painting all day, a magician from 11am to noon and a singer performing from noon to 4.30pm.

Owner Suzi Boucher is also looking to hold a raffle and appealing for any local businesses able to offer a prize to get in touch.

She said: “I just wanted to help. People in North Shields are really generous.”

Gingers Wigwam, in Marden Road, Whitley Bay, has also set up a collection bucket.

It is also making a donation for every toot of a car’s horn it hears and asking for a donation from those keen to get a selfie with life-size Avengers figures outside the shop.

A total of 22 people were killed and 59 injured by a suicide bomber outside Manchester Arena on Monday evening, just minutes after an Ariana Grande concert had finished.