LONDON: Organisations, individuals and community groups rallying round to help the victims of the Manchester attack have raised £2m in 24 hours.
That money will be rolled into the British Red Cross “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” to alleviate the suffering of victims and families. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has also pledged £100,000. Donators in the past 24 hours also include:
- The British Red Cross kicked off the appeal with £50,000
- Actor Tom Hardy, 39, has raised nearly half of his £15,000 target.
- The Wayne Rooney Foundation has pledged £100,000
- The Arsenal Foundation has donated £50,000
- Manchester-based Co-op donated £100,000
- The Sun newspaper has donated £100,000 through its publisher News UK
Tattooists in the city and around the world are offering tattoos of a bee, a symbol of the city, for a £50 donation towards the fund. Sam Barber designed the tattoo and 50 studios across the world, including as far away as Australia, have taken up the idea.
Ms Barber said: “Paramedics who attended the scene have even come forward saying they want the Manchester bee tattoo.”
A host of individual charity pages have sprung up on popular online fundraising sites, such as Go Fund Me and Just Giving, while community groups are also raising money for victims.
One such community group – Muslims for Manchester – have so far raised nearly £15,000 of an £100,000 target.