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Heroic Auntie Died Shielding Her Niece From Explosion

Claire Reid

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Heroic Auntie Died Shielding Her Niece From Explosion

A brave auntie who heroically shielded her young niece during the Manchester terror attack has been confirmed dead.

Thirty-two-year-old Kelly Brewster from Sheffield, was killed after lone suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a device at the Manchester Arena on Monday evening.

Her boyfriend, Ian Winslow, wrote on Facebook: "Not sure how this works but it isn't good news. Kelly Brewster wasn't one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.

"Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are. Love you loads x."


Kelly had attended the Arian Grande concert with her sister Claire and 11-year-old niece Hollie. Claire, 32, suffered a broken jaw in the explosion and Hollie is reported to have two broken legs.

Yesterday, a family member wrote on Facebook Kelly protected Hollie and 'shielded her with her body'.

Her uncle, Paul Dryhurst, told ITV about Kelly's bravery, he said: "Kelly has shielded Hollie and Claire from the damage.


"The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her.

Kelly Brewster. Credit: Facebook

"When the bomb has gone off the impact has broken Claire's jaw and broken Hollie's legs.


So far, Saffie Rose Roussos, 8, Georgina Callander, 18, John Atkinson, 26, Kelly Brewster, 32, Alison Howe, 44, Lisa Lees, 43 and Olivia Campbell, 15, Anglika Klis, 40 and Marcin Klis, 42, have all been named as victims.

Angelika and Marcin were killed as they waited for their daughters after the concert. Their daughters Patricia and Alex, shared photographs of their parents on social media pleading for information. Sadly, the Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski confirmed the couple, from York, had died.

Anglika and Marcin Klis.Credit SWNS


Olivia Campbell was announced as one of the fatalities over night, after her mum, Charlotte, launched a desperate search for her.

Confirming the worst on Facebook, Charlotte wrote: "Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much."

Olivia Campbell. Credit: Facebook


Saffie-Rose Roussos, aged eight, was also among the 22 who died.

Headteacher at Saffie's school, Chris Upton told the Guardian: "Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone."

It's understood that the young girl was separated from her mother and sister in the panic following the explosion in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Those two are believed to be in separate hospitals being treated for shrapnel injuries.

Saffie Rose Roussos. Credit: SWNS

She was described by loved ones as a girl who 'lit up a room'. Heartbreakingly, just hours before the attack, Georgina had posted to social media about how excited she was to go and see her idol Ariana Grande.

Georgina Callander. Credit: Instagram

Devastated friends of John Atkinson, 26, who was also killed in the attack, took to social media to praise him for being an 'amazing, lovely man' and a 'top chap'.

Another friend wrote they were 'truly blessed to have known him'.

John Atkinson. Credit: Facebook

Alison Howe, 44, and Lisa Lees, 43, were killed as they arrived at the arena to pick up their daughters.

Alison' stepson took to Facebook to confirm the tragic news. He wrote: "They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe xx"

Lisa Lee's brother also posted on social media to share the terrible news. "For those who don't know Lisa is gone but never ever forgotten I love you Lisa I'll miss you so much," he wrote.

Alison Howe (left) and Lisa Lees (right). Credit: Twitter

Twenty-two people were killed in the attack, with at least 59 injured. A fundraising page, set up by the Manchester Evening News to raise money for the families of those affected has, so far, reached over £760,000.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook

Topics: Manchester

Claire Reid
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