The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, established soon after the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena attack to support those most severely affected, has made its final payments and is to close down.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of people from Manchester, Greater Manchester, across the country and around the world, the Fund has raised a staggering £21.8m since being established on 26 May 2017 and formally registered as a charity on 30 May 2017.
The Fund, which stopped taking donations at the end of January 2019, has now distributed this money to families whose loved ones were among the 22 people killed in the attack, the seriously injured and to support groups and organisations providing psychological or other help.
A final sum of around £400,000 will be shared between families whose loved ones were killed in the attack. Altogether, more than 500 people have received gifts from the Fund.
Edith Conn OBE, chair of trustees for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: “From the remarkable fundraising efforts of the individuals and organisations who gave so generously to the courage shown by those whose lives were changed forever by the attack, being involved in this Fund has been a humbling experience.
“The trustees of the Fund collectively felt that it has now met its objectives and the time has come to close it down. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this tremendous effort and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 22 May 2017, those who lost loved ones and everyone whose lives were turned upside down by those terrible events.