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23 May 2017, 12:31 | Updated: 25 May 2017, 10:09
In an incredible display of community compassion, Manchester residents have opened their homes and their hearts to those affected by last night's horrific attack.
Last night’s incomprehensible attack, in which 22 people including children were killed by an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, has seen the most heartwarming response from people across the northern city who opened up their homes to those in need.
The news has emerged via the hashtag #roomsformanchester, which compassionate Manchester residents are using to reach out to victims of the explosion, which police are using as a terrorist attack.
If anyone needs any help, a place to stay, food or a cup of tea feel free to message us, we're close to city centre #roomsformanchester— Kasia Staniecka (@KasiaStaniecka) May 23, 2017
If anyone needs a place to stay to get out of Manchester city centre our door is open. We live in chadderton, dm me #roomsformanchester— Naomi Bowman (@NaomiPandaPop) May 23, 2017
#roomsformanchester double room in Worsley near city centre for affected families— fantasticdiddles (@fantasticdiddle) May 23, 2017
#roomsformanchester if anyone needs transport home then I'm available to take you.— Jason (@Jayboyrock71) May 23, 2017
I live not even 20mins from town if anyone needs anything #roomsformanchester— bean (@Sociiopatth) May 23, 2017
59 people were injured in addition to the 22 who were tragically killed in the attack. One woman, 48-year-old Paula Robinson, led 50 children, who had been separated from their parents, to safety at a nearby Holiday Inn.
Meanwhile, Give Blood NHS have released a statement to explain that so many people have given blood that they cannot accommodate any more donations. “We are not taking registrations due to a high response following last night’s events,” the organisation said.
Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, added: “However, we are always keen to encourage new donors to register and existing donors to book an appointment which can be done at Blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session.”
Tributes to victims of the explosion have flooded in from the entertainment world.
Gary Barlow wrote: “Sad, sad news from Manchester. Praying for all victims and families involved.”
Nicki Minaj, who recorded the songs ‘Side to Side’ and ‘Bang Bang’ with Ariana Grande, wrote: “My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this”.
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Sad, sad news from Manchester. Praying for all the victims and families involved.— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
Sending love to everyone involved. H
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
Ariana Grande herself tweeted the following message:
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
If you are concerned about the whereabouts of a friend of relative, there are a number of ways you can check on their whereabouts. Manchester Police have set up a helpline, which you can reach by calling 0161 856 9400.
You can call The Holiday Inn Express, Manchester Arena on 0161 836 9600 or contact Paula Robinson at Holiday Inn directly on 07896 771 1298.
The hashtags #MissinginManchester and #ManchesterMissing have emerged as a way of reporting missing persons.
You can also contact these local hospitals:
We would like to thank everyone – the taxi drivers who turned off their meters to get people away from the Arena, the strangers who offered their homes to victims – for their charity and bravery in the face of this appalling attack.