Community Come Together To Help Family Who's Daughter Drowned In The River Irwell

A community in Bury have come together to raise over £1,000 for the family who lost their daughter last week.

On Thursday 27 June emergency services were called to reports of a concern for the welfare of a young person last seen in the River Irwell close to Dunster Road in Bury.

Sadly, officers discovered the body of a 12-year-old girl after underwater search teams were sent to examine the area.

Since then the community in Bury have rallied together to raise funds for the funeral of the young girl, Shukri Yahya Abdi.

Kausar Ahmed who's a neighbour and friends of the family told Tower FM she knew she had to help: "It was heartbreaking, what could we do? We couldn't do anything to ease her pain.

"Later on that evening with neighbours we were sat discussing what we could do further to help the family.

"This is the only thing we could think of to try and lift one of the burdens, the financial burden."

The Just Giving page set up by neighbours has now reached over £1,000 in donations with the website describing the youngster as 'Cheerful, bright and loving, her absence will not go unnoticed in her community.'

The family is new to the UK and Kausar says the community have really come together out of love: "To say they're a new family to the area, I haven't seen so many people together for a very long time.

"They came to this country to be safe and to say they've lost a child in this tragic way is just unthinkable."

To donate visit the Just Giving Page that has been set up to support the family and help pay for the funeral costs.

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