We recently had the honour of creating Hive22 founder Aaron a personalised print commemorating the running club’s fantastic fundraising achievements in its first year.
Hive22 was born in memory of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack who sadly lost their lives. The attack also caused physical injuries to 800 people – and prompted over 3,000 to seek various forms of help and support. Aaron was a police officer at the Manchester Arena on the night of the attack, witnessing the physical and emotional devastation caused.
In the weeks following the attack Aaron and his colleagues spent time with the victims and their friends and families, offering help and support as they tried to come to terms with their lives being turned upside down, and unbreakable bonds and friendships were formed.
After moving to the fire service, Aaron decided to show his support for the 22 victims by running 22 10k races in their honour, in which he raised over £15,000 in total and fell in love with running. On completion of his last 10K Aaron decided he wanted the good work to continue, and set up an online running club in memory of the victims – which continues to raise money that is donated to trusts and charities set up by the families every year on the anniversary of the attack.
Based on the club’s running vest, our print features the names of all 22 victims and commemorates the £9856.67 raised in the first year since the club was formed. We’re delighted to make this print available to any club member to personalise with any race and finishing time. We pledge to donate 10% of any Hive22 print sales to the charity pot to support the cause.
We wish the club all the best for its continued growth and success, and look forward to seeing the fundraising total continue to increase.