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Information and Helplines for Manchester Arena Incident

23 May 2017 - 13:42 by michelle.foster

We have pulled together a range of information collected so far about the additional support local charities & community organisations are offering in the aftermath of the events.
Scroll down to the foot of the page to view the updates.


Helplines and official contact information


Victim Support
If you are affected by the recent terrorist attack on Manchester Arena and want someone to talk to, Victim Support's free Supportline is operating 24/7 and can be reached on 0808 16 89 111 or via this link.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Victim Support team through a secure online form click here to go to the Victim Support website

Emergency number:
0800 096 0095
for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area.

Greater Manchester Police

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see. “Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester...read in full on the GMP website
Greater Manchester Police has established emergency numbers for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home: 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.
They are also appealing for any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist them. Please upload these to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or ukpoliceimageappeal.com
Follow @gmpolice https://twitter.com/gmpolice and @GMPCityCentre for updates.

Mayor of Greater Manchester
Speaking outside Manchester Town Hall this morning, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today. These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill. This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured and we will do whatever we can to support them. We are grieving today but we are strong. Read in full here
Follow @MayorofGM for updates.

Manchester City Council
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This is an absolutely horrifying incident and our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised.
The council have an online book of condolence you can sign, please find the link here: http://ow.ly/8efE30bXDGM.
Books of condolence are also open at Manchester Town Hall.
There is a relief fund being managed by Manchester City Council, linked to the Lord Mayor’s Fund for anyone who wishes to donate money to create financial assistance for anyone affected by the tragedy.
Follow @ManCityCouncil for updates

Giving Blood

The NHS's Giving Blood service has stated:
We are responding to last night's tragic incident in Manchester. We do have all the blood required for hospital patients at the present time, however we are always keen to encourage new donors to register and existing donors to book an appointment which can be done at www.blood.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 23 23. If you have an appointment to give blood in the next few days, please do your best to keep it, particularly if you are blood group O negative.
They have since issued a statement to stay that phone lines are extremely busy and to try and call again later.
Update - new statement issued: We are not taking registrations due to a high response following last night’s events. We have all the blood required at the present time.
Follow @GiveBloodNHS for updates

Transport for Greater Manchester

All modes of transport are affected following the incident that unfolded at Manchester Arena last night. We are determined to keep Manchester moving during this difficult time.
Road and public transport
There is significant disruption to public transport with Victoria Station remain closed. A number of roads around the Manchester Arena are also closed.
Some Metrolink services are also amended. Please check http://ow.ly/wvW030bXmt2
Follow @OfficialTfGM for updates

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund
Manchester City Council has launched the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, an appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross, to support those affected by the attack and their families. The Manchester Evening News, who launched the We Stand Together appeal  have joined forces with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

To donate to the Fund click here: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/manchester-emergency-fund

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