Joseph Griffiths begged his mother to let him help after hearing that his best friends’ sister and mother were involved in the attack which left 22 people dead and 119 injured on Monday evening.
As he had the rare blood type O-negative, Joseph, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, asked if he could go with his mum to give blood after seeing appeals on social media, but he was devastated when doctors confirmed he was too young to donate.
But instead of giving up, his mother Leah Griffiths, 28, suggested they go to their local hospital and hand out snacks to the emergency services who had been working tirelessly to care for those injured.
When he showed up, nurses at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester allegedly burst into tears as Joseph handed out cakes and biscuits and praised them for their hard work over the last 24 hours.
She said: ‘Joseph’s best friend’s sister and mother were involved in the attack at Manchester arena and straight away he wanted to help.
‘I said that I was going to go and give blood and Joseph asked me if he could give blood too as he is O-negative.
‘I wasn’t sure if he’d able to do because he’s so young so we rang the doctor’s but he told Joe he couldn’t because he was too young.
‘He was pretty devastated and was in tears after he was told he couldn’t help, so I told him we would go and get some sweets and snacks from Tesco after he finished school and that we would take them to the staff in A&E at Wythenshawe hospital as I knew they would have been working non-stop.
‘When we arrived there was a police van parked up outside so Joe went over and offered them some chocolate and they let him get in the van and let him wear their hats.
‘Although they must have been shattered they were really friendly and just tried to make this a better situation that it was.
‘Then we went to A+E and walked over to the nurses station and gave them cakes and biscuits.
They asked why we were doing that and Joseph replied saying: ‘Because I want to say thank you for everything you have done and all of your hard work.
‘The nurses all started to get upset and were so grateful for this small act of kindness.’
One nurse at Wythenshawe Hospital took to social media to praise Joseph’s actions.
She said: ‘A six year-old boy came into A&E today with his mum and wanted to donate blood but was too young so he then bought in a load of goodies in for us… I can’t explain how this affected us apart from we cried..
‘His mum must be so proud of him and I certainly would be if he was mine.’
Victims of the attack, which is being called the worst terror related incident since the London Bombings in 2005 were taken to hospitals across the city, including Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal and Wythenshawe Hospital.
There have been 22 people confirmed dead whilst 10 people, including children remain in a critical condition.
Over the past 24 hours, parents across the city and the country have been taking to social media to ask if we should be informing our children of terror attacks or if we should be shielding them for as long as possible to protect their innocence.
Joseph’s mum said: ‘It’s such a tough one because you want to keep them innocent at six but something as big as a terror attack, you need them to know something because it could happen again and you want them to know what to do.