Manchester terrorist attack: Everything changes in a heart beat #WeStandTogether

Manchester terrorist attack

All beavering away in our self-obsessed world, I angst-ed over my forthcoming appearance on Sky News Sunrise. What would I wear? What would I say? Was I really the right person to talk about the struggle for mindfulness in parents and children? What if I totally cocked it up?

But then as I reached for my phone with bleary eyes this morning it was there..the fateful text at 4.20 am from Sky that delivered the harrowing news…at least 22 dead and 50 injured in a bomb blast in the Manchester terrorist attack, in my old university town. And my slot had been cancelled.

And thank the lord too that it had been cancelled. Because how shallow everything else seemed in that instant. Me on the TV suddenly seemed like the most ludicrous thing in the world whilst families were mourning the loss of loved ones and a city so great shook at this shocking violation of their trust.

Why does it take such a monumentous act like this to shake us back into reality? And out of our petty every day concerns?

Humans be selfish creatures but there is no denying that at times like this, united we stand, and the cause is a common one – there is no place for the individual here. Because this is much bigger than all of us put together. So on today and every day, let us set aside the tantrums, tears and school run stresses, because precious life is so much bigger than all of this.

Let us pray for Manchester, pray for those who lost their lives, and for those families whose lives have been turned upside down in an instant with this harrowing turn of events and loss.

Manchester, you once stole my heart, and now my heart bleeds for you.



  1. Such an horrendous event and as news keeps coming in, news reports keep bringing bad news I think it is important for us all to focus on the heroes that are helping and how everyone is uniting. It’s just so sad that it is under such awful terms. My thoughts are with everyone affected too.

  2. It is utterly heartbreaking what is (and has been) happening around the world. I agree, it totally shakes you out of your own problems and brings us all together. x

  3. Oh bless you. Our lives really did change yesterday didn’t they. I feel so sad for all the families deeply affected by this. My heart goes out to everyone. I hope you will get your TV slot back at some point though.

  4. Couldn’t quite believe it had happened. The stories of parents not being able to find their kids all day yesterday were heart-breaking. Words fail … thanks for the post.

  5. When atrocities such as this happen close to home, it hits us harder. I am at disbelief every time this sort of news comes through. This hits even worse somehow, knowing it was an arena full of excited children… their poor families and friends. For shame on the people who carry out these acts, they disgust me to my very core.

  6. You are right. We spend so much of our lives wrapped up in ourselves yet events like this really shake us out of our self- absorbency. Then something beautiful happens, we come out of our own worlds to stand united with others and to show the world that we will not be broken x

  7. It’s so heartbreaking. The stories we are now hearing about the victims, girls who lost both their parents, whole families involved. In one moment, everything has changed. And it’s making me question what we do as a family and where we go. My son has a school trip to central London on election day… What do you do?? I know people would say you go anyway or the terrorists have won.

  8. We can never come to terms with such atrocities, stealing the lives of young people with everything to live for. Completely innocent lives. And you’re so right, in a heartbeat upon reading the awful news, none of the everyday trivia that we get so caught up in matters one iota. My heart breaks for those families who have lost loved one. #coolmumclub

  9. What happened on that day really did make all of us take a step back from our normal lives and put things into perspective. I personally changed my plans on that day as I just didn’t want to do anything but cuddle my little boy that little bit tighter! #

  10. So sad 🙁 We’ve been too a few of these kind of concerts with the Tubblet and they’re such an important milestone in a young person’s life. My thoughts are with the people involved – as well as those who’re more worried than they were beforehand. It’s wonderful to hear how many people stepped up to offer comfort and help though

  11. It was so sad. This hit me really harder than the recent London attack and I work just down the road from Westminster. I think it was the callous intent – that someone could target an event that is knowingly full of children. Not that any other attack is in any way justified but this one was attacking a group of people who haven’t been in the world long enough to be blamed for anything that is wrong with it. So, so, so tragic. #CoolMumClub

  12. Such a sad and shocking week. It scares the hell out of me that there are people out there whose evil knows no limits. Truly frightening.


    Thanks for keeping the #coolmumclub flying with me xx

  13. I spent most of Tuesday close to tears, feeling as a mother that this attack was not only heartbreaking but terrifying on a personal level, how can we ever believe our babies will be safe again? It’s probably exactly the result they wanted. If you haven’t seen it yet though I suggest watching the video clip of the vigil today, after the 1 min silence the people started singing Oasis ‘Don’t look back in anger’, it brought me to tears. xx #coolmumclub

  14. Such an awful event! I just dont know what is wrong with some people these days 🙁 #coolmumclub

  15. It’s just devastating isn’t it? We live so close to Manchester that so many people we know have been personally affected, and that’s when it really hits home I think. A girl from our local school killed, just eight years. A girl from our local college, just eighteen, gone in an instant. I cant stop thinking about it all, and I’m so scared as to what this means, what a cruel world we live in right now. #coolmumclub

  16. I woke up in the middle of the night to the news, but thought I had and wished I had just dreamt what happened, to these beautiful souls.

  17. Yes, this is so true – perspective is invaluable during moments like this #coolmumclub

  18. My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy. I truly hope that we manage to sort out radicalisation in a way that the Northern Ireland peace was done back in the 80’s & 90’s

  19. It was an unspeakable act of cowardice to intentionally devise and detonate an explosive that saw the deaths of innocent children and parents. I spent the say on Twitter RT-ing the missing children and numbers – the internet came together that day and said, we will not be intimidated or defeated by this attack.

  20. Everything truly did change in a heartbeat as soon as we heard the news, what a senseless act of cowardliness, so many families have lost their loved ones for nothing.

  21. It’s awful hearing about this horrid event and knowing that there’s been many attacks in the past too. #coolmumclub

  22. I was (typically for me) on twitter the night that tragedy unfolded and again when the london attack happened. The world is a frightening place right now. We need to show kindness and solidarity with all. As you said, its all about communitys now. #coolmumsclub

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