Over £5m raised for survivors of Manchester attack
Support from artists, footballers and the public has continued for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund, which surpassed £5.65 million in just five days from conception continues to gain donations from across the country.
More than 80 runners also took part today in the Great Manchester Run, including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. This is in aid of the fundraising campaign led by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross.
Donations to the appeal also include a pair of shoes signed by Chelsea and Arsenal Football Club players at this year’s FA Cup Final. These will be auctioned or raffled to raise funds.
Musicians Justin Timberlake and Tim Burgess of the Charlatans, and the actor Martin Freeman, have also backed the appeal in aid of survivors.
One particularly popular way of raising cash has been to get a tattoo of the Manchester worker bee. The bee a symbol of the city’s hard-working history during the Industrial Revolution. Tattoo artists in Manchester and around the country are doing the tattoos for free, with a conditional £50 donation.
Calum O’Connell, 26, a business systems analyst from Sale Moor, Manchester, overcame his fear of needles to get the bee tattoo on his arm. Mr O’Connell did this to raise funds for the appeal in the hope of making life a little easier for the families affected.
“This tattoo will remind me that this happened in my city and impacted 100s of Manchester families. I hope the money I raise makes things a little bit easier for them”.
A new charity is now being set up by Manchester City Council and partners to urgently distribute the funds, which 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.