My friend and I were caught up in an attack in 1976 and it still affects us. It’s vital to ensure support is readily available for anyone who wants it

It is almost impossible to put into words how horrible the attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday night was. The news will terrify any parent. For anyone who’s ever been near to a terrorist attack, it will provide a reminder of the pain that such events inflicts. This morning, Tessa Jowell reminded us on the Today programme of the long-lasting effects of these atrocities on relatives and friends of the casualties. She said that support for families affected should last “10 years” at least, drawing on her experiences of coordinating the response to the 7/7 attacks. That did not surprise me at all.

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