Last week, the world awoke to the tragic news of 22 dead and at least a further 59 injured as a result of the horrific suicide bombing that rocked the United Kingdom.
The explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert widely attended by children and young people, who were among those killed in the blast, but it was the story of a city that game together in the face of unthinkable adversity that should shine through as we begin to come to terms with the tragedy.
Taxi drivers worked without pay to ensure that stranded concert goers were able to return home safely, while the offers from locals of food and shelter were as heartening as they were numerous; it was impossible to count the endless offers of help.In the wake of the attack, security was tightened at events across the United Kingdom, while Ariana Grande tweeted, that she was “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” The singer has a committed following among teenagers and young people, while Home Secretary Amber Rudd described the attacks as “barbaric, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable.”Now, the BBC has reported that a benefit gig fronted by Ariana Grande has been confirmed.The One Love Manchester concert will raise money for those affected by the blast at Manchester Arena last week, with an impressive array of stars reported to be performing including Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
Grande is thought to be providing free tickets for those who attended her Manchester show, and the concert will be broadcast on television and radio live from Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground.
The BBC reports that proceeds from the benefit concert will be donated to the We Love Manchester emergency fund; the event is anticipated to raise more than £2 million.Ariana Grande had suspended her Dangerous Woman tour in the wake of the horrific incident last week, but previously vowed to return to Manchester;“I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans”.“I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour and raise money for the victims and their families.”The director general of the BBC – which will be broadcasting the event – Tony Hall described his pride at the broadcaster’s decision to cover the event,”Bringing the nation together, the BBC is proud to be broadcasting what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to the victims and their loved ones.”
Police have said that their investigation into the incident is “making good progress” – an early part of their investigation had attempted to ascertain whether the attacker was working alone or as part of a wider terrorist network, and police have subsequently made 16 arrests in the days following the explosion.