A SURVIVOR of the Manchester Arena bombing will run in memory of her best friend this weekend.

Caroline Davis and Wendy Fawell, from Otley, had just walked into the venue’s foyer on May 22, 2017 when the bomb exploded.

The pair had been shopping while their children were in the arena watching pop star Ariana Grande.

The blast, from a suicide bomber, killed 22 people including Wendy.

Caroline was one of hundreds who were wounded, suffering multiple injuries. This Sunday, May 19 she will set off with a group of fellow survivors on the 10k course of the Great Manchester Run.

She said: “This is really for Wendy, to remember her - we’d have done it together if she was here. The sponsorship money will be shared between all the people who’ve lost someone and set up charities.

“I set doing this as a target, with lots of encouragement from my physios, to get my life back on track. Six of us who were caught up in the bombing will be walking or running together and all my family and friends from Otley are coming over to support us, along with people from the Manchester One Love Facebook page.”

On her sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/caroline-davis she adds: “I’m running in memory of Wendy and the other 21 innocent victims, this is a personal target set by myself to try get my life back.”

Caroline, 41, suffered shrapnel wounds and a dislocated elbow in the arena attack and had to have her arm ligaments reconstructed. A burn in her arm also left a large hole, requiring skin grafts.

Her recovery has been helped by physiotherapists at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance but poor health recently has limited what training she can do. She is determined, however, to finish the run: “Even if I’ve to walk all the way around, I’ll do it.”