Mike Swanson wanted to make sure his daughter Lily- Saffie’s best friend, and Saffie’s brother, Zander, had plenty to look forward to after the eight-year-old’s death in the Manchester bombing.
The first person to respond was local businessman Paul Wignall, offering the Leyland 10-year-olds a trip out in his prize-winning MG Midget (pictured).
He said: “It’s good to give and I’d much rather give to good and needy causes than give to the tax man. Yes there are lots of evil people out there in the world, but there are some very genuine people too.”
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The children have also been offered a day exploring caves at Cresswell Crags near Derbyshire, and crew members at Bolton Fire Station have invited them to be firefighters for the day - with a ride in the engine and chance to use the hoses and go up in the high-reach platform.
Carolyn Evans of Red Curl photography in Preston, has offered a Disney-themed shoot, where the children can dress up as their favourite characters.
She said: “I was touched by the story. I hope we can make it really special for them.”
Offers have also come in for a pamper party at Heavenly Hair and Beauty, as well as afternoon tea at How The Other Half Live cafe.
Reader Deborah Murphy, who has helped organise some of the offers said: “I just think memories are more important than money just being given.”