The family of one of the Manchester
bombing victims has called on the
Government to “open its eyes”.
Georgina Callander, 18, was one of the 22
people killed by a suicide bomber who
struck after an Ariana Grande concert at
Manchester Arena last Monday.
In a tribute to the teenager, her family
said: “Her life was taken away after 18
short years by evil, evil men prepared to
ruin lives and destroy families, for what?
“I wish I could say that Georgina is one of
the last to die in this way but unless our
government opens its eyes we know we are
only another in a long line of parents on a
list that continues to grow.”
Georgina, who was studying health and
social care at Runshaw College in
Lancashire, had been accepted to Edge Hill
University and was “doing great” in her
exams, her family said.
She had also recently passed her driving
test and was “loving life”, they added.
“Georgina was as beautiful on the inside as
she was on the outside, with a smile that
“She always had big hugs for everyone and
her life was blooming like the flowers she
The Callander family thanked those who
had sent messages of love and support,
adding: “Thank-you for the hugs, love and
kind words; they really have had a
profound effect on us.”
They also thanked the police and rescue
services, adding: “Without their sacrifice
this would have been a lot worse.”
On Saturday, mother Lesley Callander said
how she had found her daughter on a
stretcher as paramedics fought to save her
life in the aftermath of the explosion.
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She said: “I was just screaming and
shouting at her. I was rubbing her hands, I
was rubbing her tummy. I was rubbing her
face. I don’t know what was running
through her mind.
“It was just a flicker of hope that she’d
move her hand or move her leg or try and
open her eyes a little, just to acknowledge
that I was there, just to let me know that
she was very, very poorly but she knew
that I was there.”
Meanwhile, off-duty police officer Elaine
McIver, who was also among those killed,
has been described by her family as “one
of a kind” who “had an impact on so many
A statement by her relatives’ said: “She
was a friend to so many and an amazing
daughter, sister and aunt. Her love for all
was immense and she was like the glue
that held us all together.
“Our lives have been enriched by the time
that we have had with her, but they will
never now be the same again.”
The family of fellow bombing victim Nell
Jones also released a tribute to her, saying
she was “top class”, “clever” and “fun”.
They told of a teenager fond of shopping
and “spending money”, with plans to work
over the summer “so she could spend
“She had told her brothers she planned on
buying a new pair of shoes and expensive
make-up every two weeks.
“She had her dad and her brothers
wrapped around her little finger.”
Nell was 14 and a student at Holmes
Chapel Comprehensive School in Cheshire,
and her family said she was “a great friend
and listener” who “always put everyone
else before herself”.
She had been “so excited” about going to
her first pop concert, they said, adding:
“She was singing in the car all the way
Nell’s family thanked their community but
said that their hearts had been
“We loved Nell so very much – she was our
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