Funding drive for memorial to Manchester bombing victim Eilidh MacLeod

A Scots artist is raising money to put up a memorial to an island teenager who was killed in the Manchester bombing.

Eilidh MacLeod

Artist Hope Blamire is organising a fundraising raffle to tally up money to go towards a permanent memorial on Barra for 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod, who died at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May.

The raffle will also provide funding for a memorial bench to Aberdeen man Ali Repper who died following a brain tumour at the age of 27.

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Hope said: “Isle of Barra’s 14-year-old Eilidh MacLeod’s life was taken at the concert in Manchester earlier this year, and after a very brave struggle after his diagnosis of a brain tumour, Ali Repper of Aberdeen passed away at the young age of 27.

“In order to celebrate the lives of these two special people, we are going to raise funds from this Christmas charity raffle to contribute towards a permanent memorial on beautiful Barra for Eilidh and a memorial bench in lovely Stoer next to Clachtoll in Sutherland for Ali.

“The remaining funds will go to their family’s chosen charities.”

The top prize is a trip to Barra with return flights provided by Loganair - as well as accommodation in a bed and breakfast, food and a tour of the island. The plane will land on the beach at Barra.

Raffle tickets cost £2 and can be purchased online until Saturday, December 16 - before the draw takes place the following day.