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