A survivor of Manchester bombing has taken in the daughter of her best friend who was killed in the atrocity and has vowed to ‘love her like her own’. Caroline Davies and Wendy Fawell were at Manchester Arena to collect their children who were among thousands piling out of the venue having watched Ariana Grande when Salman Abedi blew himself up, killing 22. One of those who lost their lives in the massacre was Wendy Fawell, tragically leaving her daughter Charlotte, 15 years old, without a mother. Caroline Davies, who told losing Wendy was more like having a sister taken away than a friend, is determined to ‘not let hate win’ and has promised to care for Charlotte as if she were her own child.
Caroline, 39 years old, said ‘I’ll never replace Wendy but I will always be there for her. I would do anything for her and I will love her like she is my own. I’ve been like a second mum to Charlotte anyway. I have told she can live here if she wants to and there is always room for her here.’
In a cruel twist of fate, Wendy and Caroline split up to make sure they didn’t miss Charlotte and Caroline’s sons Lee 16 years old and Ben 12 years old. Unknowingly, Wendy Fawell walked into the path of depraved ISIS-inspired terrorist Abedi. His suicide bomb killed her and 21 others as well as injuring about 119 more. Charlotte is currently with the Davies family in Otley, West Yorkshire and had the heartbreaking task of identifying her mother’s body. She said’Identifying mum’s body hit me really hard. That’s when I realised she wasn’t coming home. Even when I was told she’d gone I guess I still hoped there had been a mistake, but seeing her body changed that.’