By Laura Oakley, British Red Cross
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has raised £10.2 million since its launch two weeks ago by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.
The fund will support those injured or bereaved by the attack at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.
Ariana Grande, along with some of the biggest international names in music, contributed to the fundraising campaign by returning to the UK for the One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday 4 June.
Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan and Liam Gallagher all joined the singer in the show of solidarity that took place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester and was streamed in 50 countries over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
Ariana Grande said: “Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue to honour the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.”
Less than two weeks later after the Manchester attack, seven people were killed and 48 injured in attacks on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market on Saturday 3 June.
In response, the British Red Cross has now set up the UK Solidarity Fund to support those affected in both attacks in Manchester and London, and possible future events.
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund is still open, and will support the people affected by the attack in Manchester.
British Red Cross volunteers and staff also provided practical and emotional support to those affected in both attacks.