THE WE LOVE MANCHESTER EMERGENCY FUND IS THE CHARITY SET UP TO HELP THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE ATTACK AT THE MANCHESTER ARENA.
This May, one full year will have passed since the horrific event that shook our hometown of Manchester, when Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when a bomb was denotated at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. In commemoration, all of our profits made on the anniversary of the attack, 22nd May 2018, will be donated to The Manchester Emergency fund.
The objectives of the fund are:
• To relieve financial need among the victims and survivors of the disaster including families and dependants of those killed or injured
• To relieve sickness or disability whether physical or mental of victims of the disaster and their dependants
• To support such other charitable purposes as the trustees shall consider appropriate.
Since then, the charity has carried out the most amazing work to help the lives of those involved in the attack. On June 1, £1m was given to the bereaved families and people who had had to stay in hospital, on 15 August a further £3.9m was given to the bereaved families. This brought the total distributed for each of the 22 people who lost their lives to £250,000. People who have received life-changing injuries – including paralysis, loss of limbs or other major injuries received a further payment of £40,000. Additional payment was offered for psychological impact and trauma to those affected.
A civic memorial service will be held at Manchester Cathedral on the afternoon of 22 May, with families of the victims among those invited. The council has also planned a "Trees of Hope Trail", which will invite people to leave messages and tributes on trees placed around the city centre in the days before the anniversary. A one-minute silence will also be held during the Great Manchester Run, on 20 May.