The friends of 17-year-old Adam Pickup who were out with him the night he disappeared are to go on patrol with the Manchester Street Angels to mark the anniversary of the tragedy later this evening.
Adam went missing following a night out in Manchester City Centre on December the 28th. His body was found on wasteland near to Deansgate Station two days later.
Thousands of people joined the search for Adam using social media, and in the aftermath a campaign was set up to recruit teams of volunteers to help make Manchester safer.
Manchester Street Angels go out every Friday night between the hours of 10pm and 2am, helping those who may have become vulnerable through alcohol.
Adam's family are planning to release dozens of balloons at midnight to mark a year since he disappeared. They say had Angels been on the streets that night things may have been very different.
Adam's friends who were out with him that night are fully behind the project and wanted to do their bit by going on patrol a year-on from when they lost their friend".
– CHAIR OF MANCHESTER STREET ANGELS, RACHEL GODDARD
Friends and family of tragic teenager Adam Pickup gathered in Manchester to mark the anniversary of his death.
Adam, 17, from Bramhall , Stockport , went missing after a night out in Manchester between Christmas and New Year last year – sparking a massive police hunt.
Tragically, his body was found two days later in a remote location underneath a railway arch in Castlefield, near to Deansgate Station. Tests later showed he had injuries sustained in a fall.
Around 50 of Adam’s friends and members of his family, including his parents Chris and Chantal and brother Ben, gathered in the city centre last night to launch balloons in his memory one year on from his death. Poignant messages were attached to the balloons.
A photo of Adam surrounded by candles was central to the memorial event and his favourite song was played, Everlasting Light by The Black Keys.
After the tribute, Adam’s friends and family went out on patrol in the city centre with the Manchester Street Angels, a group set up following Adam’s death after a campaign by radio station Key 103 to help make Manchester safer.
Volunteers, backed by the city centre policing team, patrol the streets on weekends after dark in a bid to help and support vulnerable young people.
Adam’s family today paid tribute to an ‘incredible’ response and thanked all those who took part in the memorial and patrols.
His dad Chris said: “It’s just been incredible. To see so many of Adam’s friends and our friends turn up meant everything to us. We couldn’t get through any of this without the people around us.
“Christmas has been really hard and this has been really hard to do, but obviously we are glad to be out here doing something.
“We wanted to mark the date in some way and I think to come back here, even though it’s a sad place for us, it’s also a place where we can remember Adam. He had happy times here and his friends did so I think it’s worked out nice.”
Adam’s friends who were out with on on the night he went missing also joined the memorial and patrols.
The Street Angels volunteer network is funded partly through proceeds of crime legislation but a fundraising drive, called Adam’s Christmas Angels, has now topped the £9,000 mark. All money raised will go towards the project.
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/adam-pickup. To volunteer, visit www.facebook.com/ManchesterStreetAngels.