Friend of Manchester bombing victim Kelly Brewster hopes Sheffield fundraiser will 'lift everyone's spirits'

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A family friend of Kelly Brewster, the Sheffield woman killed in the Manchester terror attack, is holding a fundraising evening to celebrate her life.

Jade Hewitt, who described the 32-year-old as a 'lovely lady', hopes the celebration will 'lift everyone's spirits', including those of Kelly's grieving family.

A poster advertising the charity night in memory of Kelly

A poster advertising the charity night in memory of Kelly

Kelly, from Arbourthorne, reportedly died attempting to shield her sister Claire Booth and 11-year-old niece Hollie from the impact of the blast outside Manchester Arena on May 22.

Claire and Hollie were both seriously injured in the explosion and remain in hospital.

Jade said she knew Kelly through Claire, who is a close friend of hers, and she desperately wanted to do something to help the family and show they remain in the thoughts of the whole community.

"I can't possibly understand what Claire, Hollie and the rest of the family are going through at the moment, and we want to do whatever we can to help," she said.

"The event is to celebrate Kelly's life. She liked a glass of wine every now and again, and she enjoyed a party, so we wanted to hold a big event where it's all fun."

The Ladies Charity Night will take place this Friday (June 16) from 8pm at The New Anglers pub, in Richmond Park Road, Handsworth, which is owned by Jade's partner Richard Billard.

Entertainment will include musical tribute acts, a drag DJ, games and a raffle.

Entry will cost £5, which includes a free glass of fizz on arrival, and all proceeds will go to Kelly's family.

Jade said: "You always hear people say so and so didn't have a bad bone in their body, but with Kelly that was actually true. She didn't have a bad vein or a bad freckle either. She was a lovely lady and it's awful what happened but we want to celebrate her life.

"It's something to lift everyone's spirits, including those of Claire and Hollie, who are still in hospital, and everyone who knows them. We want to show community spirit and togetherness always defeats anything, even terrorism.

"Kelly's family can choose how to spend the money. It might help Claire take Hollie away somewhere when they're both better, or they could use it for something entirely different.

The Star recently reported how Kelly's partner Ian Winslow is due to captain his team at a memorial football match in Heeley later this month.

* Tickets for the charity night are available at the pub or via The New Anglers Facebook page.