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 criteria to which Trustees have worked, is as follows:
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.
Phase 1 – Immediate help
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.
Phase 2 – bereaved families
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.
Phase 3 – further funding for those with life changing injuries
On 13 September a further £908,000 was released.
Phase 4 – those with psychological injuries who were in the foyer
Trustees agreed to set aside £3m for those suffering psychological injury and this was announced on November 9.
Survivors who were in the foyer of the Arena and directly exposed to the bomb attack will be eligible for payments of £10,000 if they have been assessed as being ‘functionally impaired’ by the psychological injury they sustained and have not already had a payment from the Fund of £60,000 or more.
Phase 5 – World class treatment for most seriously physically injured
In a partnership with the NHS, the WLMEF will give £300,000 to provide sessions at The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP) for those identified by doctors as suffering from continued disability after major physical trauma. This was announced in March 2018.
Phase 6 – £3m for bereaved families AND psychological support groups
In April 2018, Trustees agreed the allocation of £3m to be distributed to the families of those who died during the attack, as a cash gift, AND for funding for nationwide psychological support groups, which will be influenced by a successful model used in Norway following the terror attack of 2011.Click here to read the fund’s governing document