MANCHESTER – In the wake of an attack that left many traumatised people stranded in the city centre, hashtag #roomformanchester is helping people to find free rides, food, and rooms.
Residents of Manchester have mobilised in the hours after the Ariana Grande concert attack, with offers of help for stranded and injured concertgoers flooding Twitter.
The incident left many people who were attending the concert displaced. Taxi drivers began offering free rides.
The Victoria train station was closed after the blast, and was expected to remain closed throughout Tuesday, leaving many people stuck in the city centre without a way home. As many as 21,000 people – many of whom were children and teenagers – were at the concert, Guardian reported.
Taxi's in the centre of Manchester are offering FREE lifts to anyone who can't get home tonight. Please RT & spread the word.
— The Venue Manchester (@VenueManchester) May 22, 2017
I live 5 mins from the Manchester Arena. I have sofa bed, food/drink and phone chargers if anyone needs any help #roomformanchester
— Nick Q (@QHNick) May 23, 2017
#roomformanchester we have a spare double bed and two sofas available if anybody needs a place tonight. Salford area, 5 min taxi from arena
— Jesy (@iamjesyrae) May 22, 2017
— Alex Winters (@alexwinterstv) May 23, 2017
— 53two (@53two) May 22, 2017
Many are using the hashtag to find their loved ones who have gone apparently missing
— G (@Genz38) May 23, 2017
— Blaggers Blog® (@SamJJShawcross) May 22, 2017
— Drake Teacher (@TeacherDrake) May 23, 2017
Spare bed, 2 sofas, tea & chargers for anyone stuck in Manchester tonight. Outside centre but can pick up/drive home #roomformanchester
— Rachael Mannion (@rachmannion89) May 22, 2017
There were also reports of a hotel in the city centre sheltering children who had become separated from their parents. Facebook turned on its safety check feature.
Anyone needing a place to stay we have rooms at the Holiday Inn Manchester West. Contact to hotel on 0161 7430080 #roomformanchester
— Danny McMenemy (@Dan_McMenemy) May 22, 2017
If anyone in Manchester needs somewhere to sit until they find a safe way home, you're more than welcome to my flat #roomformanchester
— Charl Marx (@charleylamble) May 22, 2017
If anyone needs anything, I live 15 mins from the arena. A drink, charge your phone even warmth. Please message me!! #RoomForManchester
— Ella (@ellxmae_) May 22, 2017
— Rebecca Topham (@rebeccatophamx) May 23, 2017
#roomformanchester my auntie and uncle have 3 spare double rooms if any one needs them, please message me privately if you need them 🙏🏻
— #RIPJohannah (@1DUpdates_World) May 23, 2017