5 Stories of Bravery and Kindness After the Manchester Bombing

The Manchester bombing has dominated the headlines this past few days as the world struggles to come to terms with yet another act of terror. But in the wake of that awful event, stories of extraordinary kindness and bravery have emerged in press reports.

If you are in need of solace, here are five stories that might give you hope and comfort.

1. Homeless people came to the aid of victims

On May 22, as the Ariana Grande concert was in full swing at the Manchester Arena, Stephen Jones was preparing for yet another night sleeping on the streets. Then he heard the blast that would kill 22 people and injure 64 others. Jones and other street-sleepers rushed to help.

Below, Jones recounts his experience. This clip may contain distressing content, so please use your judgement.

Jones has gone on to claim that his act of service was ordinary and that anyone would have felt compelled to do the same.

Obviously, the fact that Jones is homeless has no bearing on his act of courage, but it does put into context another very real social issue: Manchester authorities, like many other local officials, have been unkind to its street sleepers over the years, treating them with a lack of dignity and human respect.

These events show us that every person, regardless of economic status, has the potential for extraordinary acts of compassion and bravery.

I’m pleased to say that Jones’ act of selflessness has not gone unnoticed either. Widespread press attention has led to him receiving thousands in cash donations, as well as the offer of a place to live for a year. Other homeless individuals who helped have also received assistance and praise from the Manchester community.

2. Emergency responders worked tirelessly to help 

Of course, when we discuss ordinary people who display extraordinary acts of bravery, it’s easy to overlook those individuals who put themselves in life-threatening or traumatic situations on a regular basis. But the contribution of Manchester’s emergency services — and those from neighboring cities and communities — has not gone unrecognized.

The Independent reports that more than 60 ambulance crews worked through the night to tend to victims on the scene, while medics from all backgrounds and disciplines received praise for taking care of victims.

The Guardian provides this account:

Dr Sharmila Gopisetti, a consultant paediatrician at Royal Manchester children’s hospital, where the 12 injured children were taken, told on Facebook how colleagues from a number of different specialities had arrived to help.

She wrote: “Very tired, but going home proud. Brilliant teamwork, as soon as situation demanded, staff were in. Help from NWTS [North West and North Wales Paediatric Transport Service], Alder Hey [children’s hospital in Liverpool]. Teams pulled together [and] worked as one team.

“We had technicians, pharmacists, CSWs [community social workers], registrars, consultants, management, everyone. Coming in at odd hour and standing united! Offers to help from around the country!!! Proud to be part of this awesome team. Proud to be a part of RMCH and I am a proud NHS doctor!.”

The police, fire service and emergency responders are said to have gone well above the call of duty in responding to this tragic attack.

3. Local businesses and families opened their doors to those in need

Reports indicate that taxi drivers in the region rushed to help those in need, turning off their mileage meters and taking people wherever they needed to go:

Local hotels also opened their doors to concertgoers who needed somewhere to take shelter after the attack — an offer that would become vital over the next 24 hours, as emergency services sought to reunite children with their parents.

With hotels straining to manage the influx of people, local residents also opened their doors to victims, allowing them somewhere to stay the night.

In addition, businesses and individuals living close to hospitals reportedly took extra supplies and food  to hospital staff, ensuring they were well cared for as they cared for others.

4. Meanwhile, £4.1million has been raised for victims and their families

And that number continues to grow. Muslims for Manchester hopes to raise £100,000 through their efforts, and local tattooists are offering tattoos of a bee — Manchester’s symbol — so they can donate £50 for each tattoo to charity.

Of course, these funds cannot replace the lives lost, but the donations show that a nation in the wake of austerity and amidst a fierce political struggle over its future can still take care of its residents.

5. A beautiful moment takes place as mourners spontaneously sing

What transpired on Monday night was a devastating act of violence that will be felt by the victims and their families for many years to come. But in the wake of that terrible event, the Manchester community has reaffirmed that it will not give in to hate — and instead will concentrate on unity and compassion.

In a perfect example of this commitment, following a minute’s silence to honor the victims, a large group of mourners joined one woman in singing “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis. The song’s theme that has echoed throughout the UK since that vigil on Thursday:

Photo credit: Igor Ovsyann.

48 comments

Twila H
Twila H2 months ago

A great article! Thanks for sharing it!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

Makes you want to weep

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

I wish those suicide bombers survived for 20minutes so they could see the horror of what they had done. Stupid senseless misery is no way to heaven!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

You have no idea how often i hit 'email the editors' as Im scrolling down to comment!

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Leanne K
Leanne K2 months ago

Wow

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heather g
heather g2 months ago

Thank you for this article to pay homage to the People of Manchester

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Krzysztof J
Krzysztof J2 months ago

Ty

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Marzena B
Marzena B2 months ago

Thanks

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Marcin J
Marcin J2 months ago

Thanks

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maria r
maria reis2 months ago

I love the article. Thanks for all the people who helped, in special the homeless ones. I really cried when I saw on tv the people singing Oasis.

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