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Practical ways to help in times of an attack

Westminster in London

This afternoon London was involved in what’s being referred to and treated as a terrorist attack. The incident happened on Westminster Bridge before 3pm and so far it is believed that only one attacker was involved. It’s been reported that there have been four fatalities – a policeman who was stabbed by the attacker, two members of the public and the alleged attacker who was shot and killed by police. It’s also reported that 20 people have been injured.

In times like this we must stand strong and stand united. Don’t just stand by – do something practical.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Show your appreciation for our AMAZING emergency services by making a donation. Text SAVE to 70800 to donate £5 to London’s Air Ambulance, who were quickly on the scene.
  2. It’s reported that members of the public gave first aid to those who were injured whilst waiting for the emergency services. Consider a donation to St John Ambulance who provides training in first aid. Text AID to 70030 to donate £5.
  3. Go on a first aid course.
  4. Tower RNLI was deployed to save a woman who had fallen into the Thames and who is among the injured. Support their work with a donation. Text RNLI to 70300 to donate £5.
  5. To honour the policeman who lost his life, tweet your appreciation of our policemen and women who put their lives on the line for us every day. Better yet, tweet a local police department.
  6. Retweet this and call out anyone sharing inappropriate images.

7. If you see something suspicious but you don’t want to waste police time because ‘it’s probably nothing‘, report it. If you think it might be suspicious, it probably is.

8. Donate blood. Find out where you can donate blood on the NHS Blood and Transplant website.

9. Show your appreciation for the amazing work of our NHS staff. Sign the Save our NHS petition.

10. If you were in the area at the time of the incident and have any footage – photos or video, send it to to the police via this website.

11. Don’t spread fear. Do not share anything that is mere speculation. Arm yourself with knowledge and FACT. Share news only from verified and trusted sources such as the BBC.

In times like this it’s difficult to comprehend such an attack but we mustn’t just stand by. We can do something and we must.

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • Katherine barker

    Wrt point 7 – any bag/briefcase/parcel left because owner wanted a seat on a tube train parcel too big to take with owner/cba to take it with them to the bar – you can probs think of many other situations – practise calling ‘Whose is this?’* No answer, find an official/employee to report to – if they can’t identifying the owner* at * call the police – quick. I worked in London during the IRA’s campaign – if you haven’t got my experience – seriously think about what you would do, and shout at your mirror or whatever – we all need to be on alert.

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Katherine, great tips

  • Nat

    Thanks for this. I’ve signed up to give blood – been meaning to for ages and this has finally given me that final push, so to speak.

    • Kirsty Marrins

      That’s great, Nat! Thank you for doing that

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