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We Love Manchester Emergency Fund raises £2m in just 24 hours as appeals join force

24 May 2017

  • Manchester Evening News have joined with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, launched by Manchester City Council and British Red Cross
  • To donate go to or call 0300 456 4999
  • Donations are also being taken in all British Red Cross shops

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has raised £2m in just 24 hours. Sports stars, celebrities, members of the public and businesses have all responded to the call for funds to support people affected by the devastating attack in Manchester, as donations have come pouring in from across the country. The Manchester Evening News, who launched the We Stand Together appeal raising £1m, have joined forces with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Donors include:


  • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and his agent will donate £100,000 to help the victims of the Manchester Arena attack
  • The Wayne Rooney Foundation will donate £100,000 to the appeal
  • The Arsenal Foundation have donated £50,000
  • British baking firm Warburtons have donated £25,000
  • Manchester-based Co-op donated £100,000 
  • easyJet will be doing a special collection on all flights to and from Manchester and Liverpool over the next two weeks
  • The Sun newspaper has donated £100,000 through their publisher News UK
  • Norwich arts venues and Norwich Cathedral are also collecting to support the appeal
  • Actor Tom Hardy has set up his own fundraising page to donate to the appeal
  • The British Red Cross kicked off the appeal with a £50,000 donation from their Disaster Fund
  • British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance partners Tesco, Aviva, and John Lewis Partnership have donated to the appeal through the disaster fund



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:


"We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has generously supported the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.


"The money raised through your donations will make a real difference to those who have been affected by this horrific attack.  The magnificent support received so far shows just how strongly the world stands united with the city of Manchester at this difficult time."



Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross said:


“We have been moved by the compassionate response to this appeal for victims and their families. People from communities across the U.K. and right around the world are showing their solidarity by donating. The money raised will contribute to those affected by this terrible attack getting the help that they need today, tomorrow and into the future".


To donate, please go to or call 0300 456 4999





Notes to editors


  • To donate to the appeal go to 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


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.