Scaffolder fights for life after Manchester bomb attack


A Scaffolder is fighting for his life after being caught up in the terror attack on Monday night.

Phil Hassall, originally from Runcorn, was at the Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber detonated an explosion, killing 22 and injuring 120 as concert goers were leaving the Ariana Grande gig.

Phil Hassall

Phil attended the concert with his daughter, his partner and her daughter.

He was badly injured in the blast and has undergone numerous operations, including brain surgery, and has only just come out of a coma.

Fellow scaffolder and close friend of 10 years Ian Bland, said he was ‘absolutely devastated’ when he heard his friend was one of the victims.

Ian has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for Phil while he is recuperating and unable to work.

Ian said fellow scaffolders have rallied round, heeding the call for a fallen colleague and donations have poured in, amassing more than £7,300 at time of writing on the Just Giving website appeal set up by Ian.

“The response has been amazing. We have received lovely messages from people who don’t even know him. I’ve been close to Phil for 10 years. He would do the same for me. We are scaffolders we always stick together.” Ian added.

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