Georgina Callander was the daughter of Lesley and Simon Callander and the younger sister of Daniel and Harry.She was 18 years old at the time of her death on 23rd May 2017.
Georgina was an Ariana Grande “superfan” and had met her once before 22nd May 2017. Music and travel brought Georgina a great deal of happiness and her bedroom wall was covered in concert tickets and pictures of places she had visited. Much of that travelling had been with her mother Lesley, from whom she was “inseparable”. They had travelled to many places, including both the east and west coasts of America, Italy, France and every theme park in the UK.
Georgina achieved a lot in her 18 years, showing skill in both ballet and taekwondo in her younger years.“From an early age Georgina wanted to help people … She was like a ray of sunshine on the darkest of days. If you were feeling down she would help you through it.” I have no doubt that she would have gone on to help countless people.She achieved distinctions in all of her exams and was awarded a place to study paediatrics at university. This career choice reflected Georgina’s passion for caring for others. In her brother Daniel’s words,
Georgina’s parents both spoke of their memories of her beautiful smile and her unmistakable and infectious laughter.“I know in my heart of hearts what she wanted most for us is to all live, laugh and love as she did.”Her brother Harry reflected on the happy memories that will always be with the family. He said,
Events of 22nd May 2017
Georgina travelled to Manchester on 22nd May 2017 with her mother Lesley, and they booked into a local hotel where they spent time getting ready for the evening together.Georgina attended the concert that night with a friend and, before it started, they visited the merchandise stalls trying to find Georgina the perfect T‑shirt.
As the concert was ending, Georgina and her friend left their seats and walked through the doors to the City Room at 22:30:51.Her friend recalls Georgina smiling back at her as she began to run across to a merchandise stall.