On Monday 22 of May, the city of Manchester, England was devastated by the worst terrorist attack to occur in Great Britain since the 7/7 bombings in 2007. Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Mancunian native of Libyan descent, detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena shortly after the conclusion of a concert by singer and performer Ariana Grande as part of her Dangerous Woman tour.The resulting shrapnel from the homemade nail bomb killed a total of 23 people (including the bomber himself) and critically injured a further 59 more. Many of those injured in the horrific incident were adolescents or children, and the youngest victim, Saffie Rose Roussos was only eight years old.For her part, Grande was apparently shocked and traumatised by the fact that the incident had occurred at her own show, and despite the fact that she was blameless in the atrocity, appeared to feel responsible for the grievous loss of life. Not long after news of the fatal explosion broke, she despondently tweeted “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”Many people have since voiced a grave concern that the atrocity will have had a severely negative effect upon the artist’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Yet messages of commiseration and well-wishing have been pouring in from fans around the world, and one deeply personal letter from a ten-year-old girl was simply too heartwarming not to share: a little spark of compassion in the aftermath of a catastrophe.In a heartwarming open letter addressed to her idol, 10-year-old Poppy Sutcliffe, who lives in Teeside, claimed that she is the singer’s number one fan, and that she witnessed the shock and terror at the venue at the night of the attack first-hand. Poppy had received tickets to the Dangerous Woman concert as a Christmas present, and she attended the show with her mother, Sarah Sutcliffe.In the letter Poppy states: “To Ariana Grande, I am your number 1 fan!!! I was at your concert on the 22nd May 2017, Manchester and I am very sorry that someone set some bombs off. I hope you are ok and that you will come back to England again to perform. Overall you were so good I can’t describe how amazing you were. I am extremely sorry silly people do things like this and I really hope you’re not too scared. Keep writing and singing awesome songs, Love from your No 1 fan x x x [sic]”Sarah claimed that her daughter has been extremely brave during the incident. “She was telling me to stay calm and I think that’s about her spirit and her strength,” Sarah stated in a BBC interview. “We’re lucky: we got out. Others weren’t so lucky.” But Poppy isn’t the only person to have sent Grande some choice words of comfort in the aftermath of the disaster.American film producer and father-of-three Patrick Millsaps, from Georgia, also made headlines when he sent a letter to Grande, who told her “you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts of morons near your hotel,” and urged her to “Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it. When you and only when you are ready, on behalf of all the dads who love your… um… whose daughters love your music SING AGAIN.”If you would like to help those affected by the attack, please consider donating to this emergency appeal.
Ariana Grande Receives Incredible Letter Written by Little Girl Caught in Manchester Attack