Donations to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund have reached over £4 million, thanks to generous donations from the public and Manchester’s two major football clubs. Manchester United and Manchester City have joined forces to pledge £1million to support survivors of the attack at the Manchester Arena.
Members of the public are being encouraged to take part in a big charity collection taking place in Manchester this Saturday. The Red Cross are seeking volunteers to take part at various locations around the city. For more details contact [email protected].
Donors to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund include:
· Manchester City and Manchester United have jointly pledged £1m to the appeal
· The Wayne Rooney Foundation, the Arsenal Foundation and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure have also donated
· Salford Red Devils will donate proceeds from the entry fees to their Super League match against Catalan Dragons tomorrow night
· Companies including Co-op Bank, Starbucks UK, Bupa, Thomas Cook and Well Pharmacy have also donated
· Comedian Al Murray also matched funds raised by the audience during his gig in Southend
· Actor Tom Hardy’s appeal for survivors of the attack has reached over £18,000
· 15 newspapers have also provided free advertising support to the appeal
The fund will support people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack. The donations will help alleviate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.
The Charity Commission is encouraging those wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to a genuine charitable appeal. It is also recommending people who want to donate do so via the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said:
“I have been overwhelmed by all the support coming from across the world to help those affected by this terrible tragedy. People across the globe have been struck by our city’s defiance and resilience and want to help. It will make a real difference to those affected. Thank you.”
Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross said:
“Through this appeal we continue to see the very best of humanity. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, people came together to help each other. By donating to support those affected by this terrible incident, that ethos continues. The money raised will help those affected get the help they need today, tomorrow and into the future”.
To donate, please go to www.redcross.org.uk/manchester or call 0300 456 4999