The public response to the deadly bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday (May 22) showed the best of Britain, declared British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the face of atrocities by the terror attack that killed 22 including children and left over 60 injured, the leader said in defiance: "The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together."
Indeed, it did.
Tales of bravery, heroic acts and kindness emerged on social media as many rallied to help the petrified thousands who were trapped in the horrific aftermath of the impact of reportedly nail bombs detonated by suicide bomber Salman Abedi.
Here are some of the heartwarming stories that have touched the hearts of many:
Two homeless men hailed as heroes
Chris Parker, 33, who had been begging in the arena foyer where the bomb went off, was hailed as a hero after he was seen cradling a dying woman in his arms.
"She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family," Parker said.
"I haven't stopped crying," said the man who has slept rough in Manchester for about a year.
Parker recounted how the impact of the blast knocked him to the floor. Instead of running away, his "gut instinct was to run back and try and help", he told the Press Association news agency.
He saw a little girl with no legs among the victims lying on the floor
"I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said 'where is your mum and daddy?' She said: 'my dad is at work, my mum is up there'."
He said he thought the mother had died.
Another homeless man, Stephen Jones, 35, a former bricklayer, recalled wiping blood from children's eyes after dashing to help.
He told ITV television: "It was a lot of children with blood all over them, crying and screaming, We were having to pull nails out of their arms and a couple out of this little girl's face."
Photos: Explosions at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester
Crowdfunding for heroes too
As funds poured in to help victims, members of the public have also raised thousands of pounds to pay the two men back for their heroic acts.
A crowdfunding webpage set up by Diane More for Parker yesterday (May 23) has raised more than £17,800 (About S$32,000), nearly 90 per cent per cent of the target.
AFP reported another fund-raising campaign by Michael Johns, who felt compelled to help "one of our most vulnerable in society who showed great selflessness and courage".
A crowdfunding page for Jones has also raised £10,000 (S$18,000).
Said Jones: "There's a lot of good people with Manchester who help us out and we need to give back too."
Ariana's mum escorted fans to safety
Ariana Grande's quick-thinking mother Joan reportedly ushered terrified fans to safety backstage after the blast was first heard at her daughter's concert, according to TMZ.
Joan, who sat on the front row, rushed to the aid of fans scrambling for safety.
Some concert-goers said Joan called as many as 10 children to follow her backstage where she and members of the security team took care of them until they could leave the venue.
Her actions won praise on Twitter from fans of the singer.
Taxi drivers gave frantic victims free rides
The BBC reported that taxi drivers took children and families wherever they needed to go - for free.
Many claimed they were sent home by a Muslim or Sikh driver who didn't charge them and thanked them on Twitter.
Said one Sikh driver: "I've had people who needed to find loved ones. I've dropped them off to the hospital. They've not had any money, they've been stranded."
Co-owner of Street Cars Manchester Sam Arshad told NBC News he contacted his drivers and asked them to pick up as many people in need of rides home or to the hospital as possible.
He said he told his drivers: "This is our city, at the end of the day … money's not everything, do you know what I mean?"
All of them agreed.
Residents open homes and shops to those seeking refuge
Many Manchester residents reportedly opened their homes to hundreds of stranded children seeking refuge from the carnage.
In the wee hours after the blast, people used the hashtag #RoomForManchester to offer spare rooms, reported BuzzFeed News.