AN event in celebration of the life of Manchester Arena bomb victim Saffie Roussos, from Leyland, is being planned for next month.

Last year’s terror attack at the arena killed 22 people, injured many more and left the country in mourning just minutes after an Ariana Grande concern had finished.

Eight-year-old Saffie idolised the American idol.

Close friend Mike Swanson said he recalls how hours before the concert Saffie was in his front room with his daughters listening to music and how she was so excited about going.

He admits the past 12 months have been tough for the Roussos family.

He said: “We are just getting together and trying to get through it.

“I am shopping in Tesco’s and I am in a bit of a blur thinking about Saffie and the family.

“I never imagined it would be this hard as we are extremely close.

“It has been a year of torture.

“With something such as cancer you can understand someone dying but Saffie was tragically taken.

“I can still remember them in our living room, excited about the concert.”

Mike’s daughters, Lily and Grace, were friends of Saffie and they want to do something for her.

He is hoping the community can rally behind them like they did a year ago.

He said: “The support of the community has been a huge comfort to the family.

“It has helped to push them through.

“The family are looking to have a charitable foundation for Saffie.

“My daughters wanted to do an ‘It’s a Knockout’ for her to raise money for the foundation.

“We want to get a celebrity team together and then also police and fire brigade and just general members of the public to take part.

“We are looking to hold it at Worden Park on July 8 and want everyone to support it.

“It has been very hard for them when they are still thinking about her.”

If you want to take part in the event then you should contact Mike on 01772 304 704.