Watching the scenes during last night’s tribute concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack made me even prouder (if that’s possible) to be from this incredible city.
I was born and raised in Manchester, and nothing makes me prouder than when I visit other places and people ask where I’m from. I’m incredibly honoured to say I’m from Manchester because it is a city of strength, unity and pure, unequivocal LOVE.
So when I discovered Nathan Rae’s story, I realised I couldn’t love my city more.
Rae has created a massive virtual heart around the city centre to commemorate the victims of the Manchester terror attack, and give thanks to the emergency workers who aided those wounded in the aftermath.
He announced his journey via social media, running a 67 mile trip around Greater Manchester to complete a stunning heart shaped route.
The heart also features a drawn ‘MCR’, with Rae dedicating the journey to the victims of the attack at Ariana Grande’s concert last May.
And the result is a stunning virtual heart, surrounding our beautiful city
Ok that was tough! Was 67 not 63 miles but who’s counting?
If you are smiling, please donate: https://t.co/hzRDOVTiZQ#HeartMcrRun #WeLoveManchester #NWAA #ManchesterBombing #GPSart #WeLoveMCR #ChorltonRunners #WeStandTogether pic.twitter.com/MvQP8RQuUv
— Nathan Rae (@nathanrae) May 23, 2018
Rae’s #HeartMCRrun – We Love Manchester GPS Art journey is to raise funds for North West Air Ambulance, and became an 8 mile high, 8 mile wide run that took him from Wythenshawe to Urmston, to Salford, through Stockport and the city centre.
Stops on the route included some of the the A&E departments where the victims were treated following the attack, including Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe, and Salford Royal Hospital.
His final stop was the Manchester Arena at 10:31pm, where Rae, along with the whole of Manchester, stopped and paid tribute to the lives lost on the night of the attack.
Rae has already raised over £1,300 for the cause and if you want to donate you can do so here.
Once again, Manchester, and its people, has proven it is truly one of a kind.
(Feature Credit: Nathan Rae)