31 May 2018
Press release - British Red Cross and the London Bridge attack
British Red Cross volunteers will be providing support at the memorial events organised by Southwark Council on Sunday 3rd June, to mark the anniversary of the attack one year on.
In the aftermath of the terror attack at London Bridge and nearby Borough Market on 3rd June 2017, the British Red Cross deployed volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to victims of the attack at local community centres and at the Potters Field vigil.
The British Red Cross launched the UK Solidarity Fund on Sunday 4 June to help victims of terror anywhere in the UK, including the London Bridge terror attack.
To support the fund we teamed up with the London Mayor’s office, Borough Market, celebrities and a host of businesses and London landmarks to initiate the Saturday Night for London campaign. Some of the organisations that supported included Transport for London, View from the top of the Shard, Uber, Deliveroo, over 260 Greene King pubs and Loch Fyne restaurants in London, Tesco, Morrisons, RBS, the Vodafone Foundation, and a range of high street food chains including Pizza Express, Pret A Manger and Eat.
Through the generosity of the public, the UK Solidarity Fund has so far raised £3.1m for those affected by the terror attacks in London last year.
Zoë Abrams, Executive Director at the British Red Cross: “The attack on London Bridge and Borough Market last year shocked us all and caused unimaginable distress for all those caught up in it. Anniversaries can be challenging times for those who have suffered trauma, and our thoughts go out to all those affected and still coming to terms with what happened last year.
“British Red Cross volunteers were on scene to help on the night of the attack, and the very next day we launched a new fund to allow people to show their support for victims of terror attacks in our country. The UK Solidarity Fund is always open and is available for us to promote and use in the event of any future incident, meaning we stand prepared to help whenever and wherever we are needed.”
Notes to editors
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. www.redcross.org.uk