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On 22 May 2017 a bomb exploded at Manchester Arena killing 22 people and injuring many more. Following the attack people from all around the world donated money to show their love, support and solidarity.

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund was established on 26 May 2017 to coordinate, administer and distribute the various monies donated in response to the attack. On 30 May 2017, the Fund formally became a registered charity (Charity Number 1173260) with the Charity Commission.

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.

 

What’s happened so far?

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund is distributing the money raised in phases. This enables us to balance getting money swiftly to people with immediate financial needs while also ensuring it gets to the right people.

On June 1 £1m was given to the bereaved families and people who had had to stay in hospital.

We gave:

  • Bereaved families £20,000
  • People who have been in hospital seven days or longer £10,000
  • People who were in hospital overnight £3,500

On 13 June, a further £4.4m was distributed to the bereaved families and those who had to stay in hospital seven days or longer.

We gave:

  • Bereaved families £50,000
  • People who have been in hospital seven days or longer £50,000

On 15 August a further £3.9m was given to the bereaved families:

We gave:

  • Bereaved families £180,000

The rest of the funds will be distributed in phases. This approach will allow us to help people who are suffering from long-term or delayed effects of the attack or have preferred to apply later on.

On 13 September a further £908,000 was released.

We gave:

  • People who have received life-changing injuries – including paralysis, loss of limbs or other major injuries –  a further payment of £40,000. As they had already received £60,000 from the Fund for being hospitalised for seven nights or more  this will bring the total they have received to £100,000. 
  • People who were hospitalised less than a week and who are likely to make a full recovery, but who nonetheless have serious injuries and are still receiving ongoing medical treatment were potentially able to receive a further £56,500 (subject to medical evidence). As they had already received £3,500 from the Fund this will bring the total they have received so far to £60,000. 
  • For people who could not work or study because of their physical injuries but who had not been covered by the existing criteria and had therefore not received any payments so far were potentially able to claim a hardship fund of £10,000, provided they could supply medical evidence to support this.
Click here to read the fund’s governing document

Staff & Trustees

Former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council
City Treasurer, Manchester City Council
Project Director, Manchester Life
Greater Manchester Police
Editor-in-Chief, Manchester Evening News
Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

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