A mum who was at the Ariana Grande concert during the Manchester Attack with her 6-year-old has taken to Facebook to appeal for help – after she realised her daughter was too afraid to ever return to the venue.
Danielle Hancock and her husband had taken their little girl to see the US popstar as her first ever concert – and were among the thousands desperate to flee the arena when the bomb went off.
“We were near to the exit doors of the arena closest to where the bomb went off when it did,” she began her post.
“My husband shoved my daughters head into his chest while she shook with fear, as we sprinted for the opposite exit and ran for the front doors, where I would guess near a 1,000 people were pushing to get out.
“Luckily my husband is very tall but he nearly had to hold her above his head to stop her from getting crushed before we managed to get through and sprint for the car.
“She was petrified and wouldn’t stop saying the bang scared her. She has asked so many questions I have no idea how to answer in terms that a 6-year-old will understand.
“I doubt… my daughter will ever forget the sound of the bomb or the screaming people.”
She then revealed that her little girl was too scared to ever return to Manchester Arena – where she was due to see her icons, Little Mix, perform in November, as a birthday present.
“I told my daughter about the tickets, even though her birthday’s not till August, to gauge her reaction,” Danielle explained.
“When I told her about the tickets she was ecstatic, to her it’s a dream come true, when I told her where it was I watched her heart break, she cried and said she didn’t want to go there again. She still mentions what happened that night daily.
“I don’t think it’s fair that she has to lose out because of that horrific act.
“She is only very young and thankfully doesn’t understand that all events and busy places are targets, she thinks it was just Manchester Arena.”
So, Danielle asked if anyone would be willing to swap tickets with her so they could attend the concert at a different venue…
“I know if we try to take her back to Manchester arena so soon she will be hysterical,” she continued.
“It would completely ruin one of the best moments in her life, being able to watch the four girls she wants to be most like perform in front of her!
“I have no idea what else to do other than try to swap tickets for another arena, if anyone has any ideas of anything else I could do I really would be so grateful.”
Fortunately, this particular story has a happy ending.
After over 30 (declined) offers from strangers willing to buy her little girl new tickets elsewhere ? Danielle eventually found someone happy to swap venues – meaning her daughter can attend her second ever concert without feeling traumatised.
“We’re so overwhelmed and so grateful to everyone,” Danielle told The Huffington Post. “My little girl means the world to me and I just wanted her to be able to see her favourite band.”
We’re pleased to see this mum’s done what she can to ease her little one’s mind.
And we hope that, one day in the future, this little girl – and many others like her – can learn to enjoy concerts again without feeling traumatised ?
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Images: Facebook/Danielle Hancock