Nearly £6 million has been raised to support victims of Manchester Attack
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Over £5.57million has been raised for victims and their families affected by last week's suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.
22 people lost their lives in the attack on May 22nd and 17 remain in critical condition in hospitals across Greater Manchester, many of them children.
To help ensure victims and their families don’t face short-term financial difficulties, Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross has launched a We Love Manchester Emergency Fund - an appeal to help raise money for people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack.
The Manchester Evening News has also announced that their own JustGiving campaign - which has so far rasied £1.8m - will be merged with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. This means all money raised by the M.E.N will be combined with the money raised by the British Red Cross and then shared between people who have been affected.
As it stands the combined total of all fundraising for Manchester attack victims and their families stands just short of a whopping £6 million, with high-profile figures including Eminem, Ed Sheeran and Tom Hardy all making considerable donations.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: "We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has generously supported the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The money raised through your donations will make a real difference to those who have been affected by this horrific attack. The magnificent support received so far shows just how strongly the world stands united with the city of Manchester at this difficult time."
JustGiving has revealed that they are investigating several pages set up to raise money for victims - after worried members of the public questioned the legitimacy of some.
The flagged pages have been "quarantined" while the investigations take place. The Charity Commission has since urged people to always ensure they are donating to genuine charity appeals.
They also directed anyone who wants to support Manchester Attack victims to the We love Manchester appeal, or alternatively said they should donate to other registered charities.