High Peak unites after ‘barbaric’ attack in Manchester

Mum-of-two Natalie Hall has organised for donations to be delivered to the hospital for parents on bedside vigils following the Manchester attack where 22 people died and 59 are seriously injured
Mum-of-two Natalie Hall has organised for donations to be delivered to the hospital for parents on bedside vigils following the Manchester attack where 22 people died and 59 are seriously injured

As the world reels from the truly awful attack in Manchester which killed 22 people including young children, residents of the High Peak are doing all they can to support the families.

The explosion happened at the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the entrance of Manchester Arena on Monday night and many of those killed or injured were children and young teens.

However, as a shining beacon of hope in dark times people are rallying around and helping those who been affected by the tragedy.

Natalie Hall, owner of Cobbles Wine Bar in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said: “I have two daughters and if they were in the hospital I wouldn’t move from their side.

“It got me thinking about all the families at the hospital who left their houses on Monday with nothing but the clothes they were standing up in and are now living in a nightmare and may not have brushed their teeth or freshened up in days.”
Natalie put an appeal out on social media asking for people to drop off anything which could help the parents or children in the hospitals.

The 37-year-old is overwhelmed by the response. She said: “We are so close to Manchester and I think that is why people have been so generous with their donations.

“It is very easy to put yourself in the shoes of those parents and families when you yourself have stood in the same arena with your daughters many times watching a concert.”

In just over 24 hours people donated magazines and books, toiletries, cup-a-soups and breakfast bars as Natalie wanted connivance items so parents never have to leave their children for too long.

She will be doing her first donation drop off at Stepping Hill Children’s Ward today - Wednesday and will be taking more goods to the children’s ward in Manchester on Friday.

Since the attack the UK’s security level is at the highest for a decade and the armed forces have been deployed to assist police across the country.

Andrew Bingham the Conservative candidate for the general election said: “I am shocked and appalled at the sheer barbarity of this attack, and my thoughts are with the families of those affected.

“The quick response of all the emergency services is to be commended, and it is heartening to see the people and businesses of Manchester rallying round to help the victims.”

Donations are being taken at Cobbles on the Market Place, Chapel any day between 8am and 11pm.