A LITTLE bee created by a Bolton teenager has been helping to make a big difference in Manchester.

Amy Bostock has raised more than £3,000 after sharing a unique piece of art she made to overcome the trauma of the Manchester Arena attack.

The 14-year-old, from Bromley Cross, was at the Ariana Grande concert with her brother Arran, aged 17, on May 22, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people.

In the aftermath of the 'worst night possible' she created a collage featuring the Manchester Bee to help her deal with the experience.

Soon friends and family started to ask for their own copy, and the Turton High School pupil decided to use it to raise funds for the victims’ appeal.

Mum Barbie said: "She is just so overwhelmed and so pleased. She was hoping to maybe raise £500 but it's done six times that! All of that from her personal picture.

"It's really nice for her to be able to support the appeal and feel like she has done something for the victims.

"We are incredibly proud of her, she has handled the whole experience very well."

Six months ago, the siblings were leaving the arena with friends when they heard the suicide bomb go off.

They got out unharmed but the chaos and trauma had a lasting effect on the teenager which she channelled into the heartfelt work, featuring the bee and colourful honeycomb-shaped pieces with lyrics by Ariana.

The original hangs as a canvas in her bedroom but her family also ordered 1,000 postcards which people could give a donation for.

Since then they have grown in popularity, being stocked in shops, cafes and public spaces around Greater Manchester.

More than 6,000 postcards have been printed, raising £3,031 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

In a poignant post of thanks on her Facebook page, Amy wrote: "A night filled with happiness and excitement to see our idol eventually turned into the worst night possible and left not just our city, but the entire world heartbroken. This cruel and senseless act has impacted so many lives and left me and many others with awful memories which we will never forget.

"A few days after the concert, I saw many pictures and posts about the Manchester bee and how it is the symbol for the people of Manchester. The meaning inspired me to create a piece of artwork that I wanted to dedicate to the victims of the attack.

"I would never have dreamt that we would raise as much as we did. I would like to say a huge, huge, huge thank you to everyone who bought a postcard, helped sell them or even spread the word about them — I couldn't have done it without the support and your kind donations. No matter what happens to Manchester, we will always stick together through tough situations and will always find a way to overcome the bad with good."