29th June 2017

Already a talented artist, eleven year old Stanley Middlemiss (Prep VI) of Bridgewater School, Worsley was so moved by the recent events at Manchester Arena that he wanted to put pen to paper to create a tribute to all those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

NI Print and Flyers based in Draperstown, Northern Ireland saw a post of Stanley’s artwork on his mums facebook and kindly offered to print 100 copies free of charge to allow Stanley to sell copies of his artwork to raise funds to donate to the families of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena attack.

Stanley certainly shows a natural talent for art and has already got a strong following on his facebook account (stanley’s sketches) where he uploads examples of his work and inspiration. He has also recently demonstrated a keen entrepreneurial streak and has recently set up a fledgling business online providing printed inspirational and motivational cards designed to reaffirm positive messages to children (www.stansstore.com)
Stanley’s older brother Alfie is also a pupil of Bridgewater School and both have recently auditioned and secured roles in the school’s up and coming production of ‘Rescuing Will’ – an adaptation of the book, and later film ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’. Both boys are obviously following in their father’s footsteps as Philip Middlemiss is better known as ‘Des Barnes’ from Coronation Street.

Headmistress of Bridgewater, Mrs Judy Nairn commented “Stanley has a natural artistic talent especially for someone so young, he is also a very empathetic young man who has clearly been moved and inspired by recent tragic events to reach out and help others. We are very proud to support him in his efforts.”

Bridgewater School are due to hold a Family Fun Day for pupils, their families and the wider local community on Sunday 2nd July 12pm to 3pm. Stanley will have his own stall to sell signed copies of his artwork and all proceeds will be paid into the ‘We Stand For Manchester’ official charity.