4 June 2017
The British Red Cross has launched a new UK Solidarity Fund to help the victims of terror anywhere in the UK following Saturday’s attack in London.
The UK Solidarity Fund will support people who have been injured, bereaved or traumatised by terror attacks in the UK, helping to alleviate immediate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.
- If you have been directly affected by the London attack and need help from the fund contact 0800 458 9472.
The charity has been running the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Evening News.
Following Saturday night’s attack in London, the British Red Cross is now establishing this UK-wide appeal to people affected by terror attacks anywhere in the UK when they occur.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“Words cannot describe the grief and anger that Londoners are feeling following the cowardly attack on our city on Saturday night.
“As we slowly come to terms with this tragic event, I know many Londoners will want to support the victims and their families, together with those who have lost loved ones or been injured during the recent horrendous attack in Manchester.
“This new fund will help those most in need of support and provide a focal point for those who want to help.”
The British Red Cross has experience of running such appeals after 7/7, the Westminster attacks and the Manchester bombing.
It has now launched the broader appeal to provide urgent help whenever and wherever similar attacks take place.
Ready to help
The fund has been launched in response to the recent attacks in London and Manchester, but would also be available to support after potential future incidents, too.
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The events in these two great British cities in the last two weeks are shocking and horrifying. Our thoughts are with all of those affected at this terribly difficult time.
“The new UK Solidarity Fund will support victims of the attacks and their families, and provide a way for people to donate to help those affected in their time of need.
“It will also help us to stand prepared to swiftly provide support in the event of future incidents.
“British Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground right now in both cities providing practical and emotional support.
“We will do all we can to help the victims and their families, wherever they are and whoever they are, in keeping with the Red Cross principles of humanity, unity and neutrality.”
The UK Solidarity Fund will be distributed via the British Red Cross in accordance with the need and scale of human crisis caused by terrorist attacks in this country.
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will also remain open.
You can donate online, by calling 0300 023 0820, or by post:
British Red Cross, UK Solidarity Fund, Freepost RTGR-KXYA-KLZH, Paisley, PA1 1EA
- Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives following the London Bridge attack should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 096 1233 or 020 7158 0197.
Article updated on 9 June 2017