Posted by Martin Judd on May 29, 2017
My letter a week on from the attack.
Good afternoon,
On Monday 22nd May 2017 our city of Manchester was attacked in a horrific bombing claiming the lives of 22 people.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, friends, families and all those affected by the attack.
We would like to thank our emergency service personnel who worked tirelessly through the night and continue to do so. We would also like to thank the citizens who ran towards danger to help, who opened their doors without hesitation to shelter the stranded, and those who showed service over self, turning off their meters to offer free rides back home.
In the week that has passed, there have been countless acts of support and solidarity from the community, I personally have been moved by the words of Tony Walsh’s poem ‘This is The Place’. The true spirit of Manchester has been shown to the world, and what a wonderful spirit it is.
In response to the attack, Rotary District 1285 have set up the Manchester Arena Families Trust to provide practical help to the victims and families of those killed or injured by the attack, details of which can be found here: https://www.rotarygbi.org/manchester-statement
This has been a hard week for our city, but it cannot compare to what the friends and families of the victims must be going through now. Our Club offers our full support and condolences to you.
The strength of our community has been tested and we have shown that “this is a place where we stand strong together”, and together we will become stronger through this.
 
With the utmost sincerity,
 
Martin Judd
President Elect
Rotary Club of Manchester Trailblazers
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