A football match between an Emergency Services team, including police officers, firefighters and ambulance staff, and a Jet2 All Stars side, featuring soap stars, raised more than £5,000 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The game, which also featured Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, took place on Sunday 27 May, at Manchester City’s Etihad Academy stadium. The Emergency Services ran out 4-2 winners, as £5,065 was raised through tickets sales, catering and a raffle.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, who is also a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: “The Fund has already raised millions of pounds to help those who were affected by the horrific events of May 22 last year and it’s fantastic to see so many people come together to do another fundraising push.
“We will never forget those who lost their lives on that night and it’s only right that we all do everything we can to support those who have lost loved ones and those who have been affected.”
Chair of Trustees, Councillor Sue Murphy said: “The city and the world responded with such kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack. To raise more than £21m in less than 12 months is an amazing response from the public and much of that money has already been distributed to help those most affected.
“The Trustees, in conjunction with health professionals, have done their utmost to help as many people as possible who suffered in the attack.
“With the money so kindly being raised by the charity football match and other fundraisers around the anniversary, we will continue to look at options for helping as many people as possible.”
Pictures from the event:
Above: Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Jet2 All Stars player and Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall