Police investigate fundraising walk set up in aid of Manchester terror attack victims after they don’t receive a single penny
- The Manchester Canal 55k was organised by private company Pure Challenge
- More than 200 people were said to have paid a £35 participation fee to attend
- Police are investigating after neither the walkers nor the charity received money
A fundraiser set up under the premise of helping those affected by the Manchester terror attack is being investigated by police after victims received no money at all.
Profits from the Manchester Canal 55k walk were intended to go towards the We Love Manchester campaign – but over a month after it took place in April the charity is yet to receive a penny.
More than 200 people were said to have paid a participation fee of £35 to Pure Challenge, but the walk was scrapped and neither runners nor the campaign have so far received any of the money.
The walk was one of dozens of events set up by Pure Challenge that ended up being cancelled.
The Manchester terror attack in May 2017 killed 22 people and left around 500 others injured
Charity events company Pure Challenge was responsible for organising the walk in April this year
Emma Finney, 29, who signed up for the walk said: ‘One of my friends tried to do a 100k with the same firm last year but it got cancelled due to health and safety.
‘I saw the Manchester event advertised and signed up and paid £35.
‘I started collecting donations but I got an email two weeks before the walk to say it was cancelled.
‘They said they would donate a portion to charity, which obviously they are not going to do now.
‘I know people who have paid for Pure Challenge events this year who are up to £500 down.’
Action Fraud has filed a report to police about the firm who are now taking action to investigate.
The Manchester terror attack in May last year left 22 dead and over 500 injured after depraved bomber Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb in the lobby of the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.
A charity concert held at Old Trafford cricket ground and featuring Ariana Grande and Liam Gallagher raised over £10 million for the victims.
Salman Abedi (pictured) detonated a nail bomb in the concourse area of the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert
Police patrolling the city centre of Manchester after the deadly bomb attack on the concert venue
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