Manchester shone brightly during one of its darkest hours this year. Following the attack at the Manchester Arena in May, the city came together to support victims and their families, and show the world that love will always triumph over hate. And the efforts continue today. Katherine Cory is a local designer who has launched We Stand Together, selling her own crafted patches, stickers and badges to raise money for those affected by the atrocity.
Speaking of her side project, Katherine said: "The Manchester terrorist attack occurred on the evening of my new design contract with an agency in the Northern Quarter. I’ll never forget the sombre journey into work the next day and although I wasn’t personally affected, it soon became apparent that Manchester has more like two degrees of separation rather than six.
"Like the rest of the country, I watched a lot of news in the days that followed but seeing my neighbourhood and city on the news and visiting St. Ann's Square to lay flowers was an experience I’ll never be able to describe.
"How Manchester came together in the days and weeks after the attack, made me proud to call Manchester my home and I decided to focus my energies and design a few products to try and raise some money for the people affected by the tragedy. It’s taken a lot of planning and sourcing materials and manufacturers but I’m excited to finally launch my #WeStandTogether website."
Profits from the patches, stickers and button badges will be donated to the fund to support the victims and their families following the explosion at the Arena, which killed 22 people and injured over a hundred more. You can learn more at Just Giving. Or visit we-stand-together.co.uk to get your hands on one of Katherine's designs and support a worthy cause.