The Manchester Arena bombing of May 22, 2017 was, arguably, the darkest day in the city’s post-war history. A terrorist suicide bomber killed himself and a further 22 people and injured up to 250 others.
The manner in which Manchester City Council responded was praised from numerous quarters. Within hours of the attack the council set up a fully staffed emergency centre at the Etihad Stadium and launched the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which, by October 2017 had raised more than £18 million to help support victims and families.
A vigil was organised the next day and was attended by more than 10,000 people, and council staff tended a sea of floral tributes and soft toys.
A Resilience Hub has been set up to co-ordinate care and support for children, young people and adults whose wellbeing has been affected. Plans are also being drawn up for a permanent memorial in the city.