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Canadian Catholic killed in London Bridge attack inspires charitable gifts

The death of a young Canadian Catholic woman during the London Bridge attack has inspired people to help save lives in their own community.

Christine Archibald, 30, whose family lives in British Columbia, died in the 3rd June attack that also claimed seven other lives and injured 48 people.

The Archibald family, parishioners of St Rita Parish in Castlegar, British Columbia, released a statement on 4th June describing Christine Archibald as person who ‘had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected’.

‘She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance,’ the statement continued. ‘She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death. Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.’

Since the statement was released, the hashtag #Chrissysentme emerged across social media from people who have donated to Castlegar charities in Archibald’s honour.

Picture: A woman weeps as she looks over floral tributes to victims of a terrorist attack on London Bridge. Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian Catholic, was one of eight victims killed in the 3rd June attack. (CNS photo/Andy Rain, EPA).