23 May 2017
Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross have launched an appeal for people affected by the devastating attack in Manchester.
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 Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said:
"The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has been established to swiftly provide funds to the families of victims of the attack at the Manchester Arena, to help them to cope at this incredibly difficult time.
"The fund will make payments to help families who are in need - including those who are faced with funeral costs and individuals who may have suffered life changing injuries.
"The fund has been established after countless people, from Manchester and from around the world, expressed their desire to help.
"We are incredibly grateful to the huge amount of people reaching out to offer their support. This incredible response is a testament to the true spirit of the city of Manchester, which remains open for business despite this horrific attack.
The British Red Cross have kicked off the appeal with a £50,000 donation from their Disaster Fund.
Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross said:
“The people of Manchester have suffered a terrible tragedy. This is a time when people can come together. Our volunteers are there, helping people affected by this attack. Many people around the world have expressed their solidarity.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of those affected by this horrendous attack. We are launching this appeal together with Manchester City Council to support those people who are dealing with the trauma and aftermath of this tragedy. Today, our Red Cross principles - to alleviate human suffering and promote mutual understanding and friendship - seem especially relevant. We stand together with the people of Manchester.”
To donate, please go to www.redcross.org.uk/manchester or call 0300 456 4999
Notes to editors
- To donate to the appeal go to www.redcross.org.uk/manchester or call 0300 456 4999
- People can also donate via British Red Cross shops
- For postal donations, cheques can be sent to British Red Cross, Manchester emergency fund, 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL
- British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance partners including Tesco, Aviva, and John Lewis Partnership have contributed to the appeal through the disaster fund.
For full details of the terms and conditions of the appeal, please go to www.redcross.org.uk
British Red Cross
- British Red Cross are providing ambulance support to local hospitals, including Knutsford, Wythenshawe, and Leighton, helping people not involved in the incident last night get home safely in order to free up beds and hospital staff. We are on standby to support at six other hospitals if needed.
- British Red Cross also have a free emergency app available on Google Apps store or Android store. The app sends alerts about a huge range of emergencies across the UK - and advises on what to do when an emergency happens. It also people to check in and let families and friends know they are safe.
- The appeal is being launched in partnership with British Red Cross. Red Cross volunteers are supporting people at the reception centre at Etihad stadium, and supporting three local hospitals.
- British Red Cross are also providing ambulance support to three local hospitals, and Red Cross volunteers are providing practical and emotional help to people at a reception centre at Etihad stadium.
- Psycho-social experts from British Red Cross are also preparing advice for teachers to help them talk with students about their feelings and fears in reaction to the attack.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.