It is hard to make sense of the horrific events that happened in Manchester on Monday night. How can someone do something so barbaric to innocent people, the youngest of whom was just 8 years old. It is absolutely heartbreaking and my thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected by this shocking tragedy.
I found some small comfort in the words by Fred Rogers –
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
And the people of Manchester really came out in full force to help:
- So many people queued up to donate blood that the centres had to turn people away
- Taxi drivers offered free lifts to anyone in need
- Families opened up their homes to strangers
- Local businesses offered free food and drink to the emergency services
- Domino’s provided free pizza to NHS staff
- A Rabbi bought tea to police officers on the streets
- Off duty medics offered their time and help
- Nearly £800,000 has been raised to support the families
- An estate agent removed its window display of properties for sale and replaced them with this image:
Tributes have been paid by countries, by politicians, by musicians, by sportspeople at events around the world.
I don’t know how the families and friends who lost loved ones move on from this. All we can do is focus on the good and these wonderful acts of kindness. There is still so much good in the world and it is so moving to see people coming together in the face of evil, standing strong together.