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Brave schoolgirl caught in Manchester attack risked her life to find dad

Mirror logo Mirror 27/05/2017
Demi Wholey with dad Andy (Photo: Geoff Davies/Liverpool Echo WS) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Demi Wholey with dad Andy (Photo: Geoff Davies/Liverpool Echo WS)

A schoolgirl caught in the Manchester terror attack risked her life rushing back to find her dad - who was just metres from the bomb blast. 

Demi Wholey, 14, desperately searched for dad Andy after she had already rushed her mum to safety.

Demi was at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday evening with her mum Leanne when suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up.

Demi’s father Andy was just metres from the blast as he waited in the foyer of the arena for his wife and daughter.

Andy spent an hour after the bomb exploded helping the wounded and trying to get in touch with his family, before they eventually met up at a nearby hotel.

The proud father has now paid tribute to his incredible daughter.

He told the Liverpool Echo : “Demi is so brave, she was more worried about her mum and me being safe that she was willing to put herself in harm’s way to make sure we were. 

“I don’t know how she stayed so calm but I’m glad she did. She’s very strong.”

The year 10 pupil at St Edmond’s Arrowsmith has been following Ariana Grande for seven years and it was the first time she would see her live in concert after she had been bought the tickets as a Christmas gift last year.

But her night turned to horror after the bomb went off and everyone started to panic and rush from the scene.

She said: “There was a mad rush as people from the stands tried to get to the floor but I knew we had to get out and we’d got caught up in the crowd so I just told my mum to keep going where we were.

“Once we got outside and away from the arena I told my mum I had to go back in and find my dad. I needed to make sure he was okay.”

Music-lover Demi said on the way out of the arena two girls around her age allowed her mum to borrow their phone.

She said: “My phone and my mum’s phone had both died and we had no way of getting in touch with my dad.

“These two girls, about my age, were standing near the arena looking for their mums and they let us use theirs.

“They were crying and so scared, I really didn’t want to leave them. I just hope they found their mums and they know I’m thinking about them.”

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