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A Stockport Woman Has Held An Emotional Manchester Vigil In Orlando

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A woman from Stockport who now lives in Florida was heartbroken when she was so far away from Manchester on May 22.

So she decided to organise a vigil in her adopted home to bring her closer to the English city she loves.

Gemma Victoria Walden was, like all of use horrified by the bombing which claimed 22 lives just two weeks ago.

“My heart is with Manchester tonight. My hometown. I wish there was more that I could do. My heart hurts,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She then organised a Vigil for Manchester in Orlando to be held on May 30.

“Join us as we remember the victims and heroes of Manchester,” the event said.

Gemma and husband Brett – who writes a web comic called Just Chute Me – had a great turnout of their friends in the area.

“Manchester stood with Orlando after Pulse,” said one comment, while another added: “Because #orlandostrong means we’ll be strong for everyone.”

Photographer Jonathan Rodriguez of Sublime Images Photographer posted some of the touching images on his site.

“Today I had the honor to photograph a very special Vigil for Manchester,” he posted on Facebook.

“Thank you Gemma Victoria Waldon for organising this and letting me be a part of it. Your speech was beautiful and your words truly moved everyone there.”

He added: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light”.

You can see his image here.

There was also a piper in attendance.

Gemma has also organised a fundraiser online for Orlando to send their cash to Manchester.

Gemma, we’re sorry you’re so far from home, but thank you for thinking of Manchester.

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