Mother of Saffie Rose Roussos takes on 10k after learning how to walk again following terror attack

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Martin Stew

The mother of the youngest victim in the Manchester bombing has taken on the Great Manchester Run after learning to walk again.

Lisa Roussos was badly injured at the MEN Arena and left in a coma for six weeks – at the end of which she was told her eight-year-old daughter, Saffie-Rose, died in the terrorist attack.

She was joined by 20 friends, family and medical staff who helped her to walk again through the course on Sunday, all to raise money for their charity to support victims of terrorism, 22MCR.

Speaking to reporters after finishing the walk, an emotional Ms Roussos said her daughter was with them during the walk, as she "wouldn't miss it for the world."

"I feel we are taking her forward to the future with us by doing this and I don't think people can understand that you need to do that, you need to take them into the future with you, cause you can't see a future without them and by doing this, that helps," she said.

She thanked the "amazing" city of Manchester and the people who have supported them.

"You can't take in what people give and how wonderful they are, even two years on, it's still really overwhelming how they want to do things for you," Ms Roussos added.

Lisa Roussos took part in the Great Manchester Run after Saffie Rose (left) died in the MEN Arena attack. Credit: Family Handout

Despite recovering from her physical injuries and sticking to a rehabilitation program, Ms Roussos and husband Andrew struggled with grief and could not work in their fish and chip shop.

The family resolved to set up the charity in a bid to offer emotional help to others after such attacks.

“When we came out [of hospital] we had no home, no business, because obviously we lived above the business, basically we didn’t know what to do,” Mrs Roussos told ITV News.

“They were filtering through peanuts to us [the Manchester Fund], but without that there’d have been nothing, absolutely nothing.

“We lost the business, we lost the home, we lost Saffie and that was it - we wouldn’t have known what to do, we’d have had to rely on someone to take us in.

“Even one of the ICU [intensive care unit] nurses offered us a room in her house.”

Ms Roussos said it’s thanks to “the generosity of the public” that the family got help to get through “the most difficult of days”.

Ongoing support once discharged from the NHS is minimal, she added, whether that’s financial or for mental health.

The charity is named in honour of the 22 victims of the attack.

Mr Roussos told ITV News: “The Manchester fund really helped.

"It helped make us feel we aren’t alone and helped us financially to help us breathe.

“It’s important to have something set up for victims of terrorism because it happens all the time now.

“And when you find yourself in this position you do need that help and support in a lot of areas.”

To donate to 22MCR, click here to visit their fundraising page.

The Great Manchester Run consists of either a half-marathon or a 10k and took place on Sunday morning.