unity-blogWithin the last two weeks we have seen two terrible attacks in the UK. Amid the terror and horror there have been multiple acts of kindness and generosity as communities across the cities, country and the world have rallied.

Members of the public, celebrities, businesses and sports stars have all given generously to two funds to support those affected – the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and the UK Solidarity Fund.

But what’s the difference and how will your donations be spent? Here’s all you need to know about them.

Why are you raising money for Manchester and London?

On Monday 22 May, 22 people were killed and 119 injured in an attack at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

Manchester City Council set up the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in partnership with British Red Cross, to support those affected by the Manchester attack. Manchester Evening News launched their own appeal in support of this fund.

Less than two weeks later on Saturday 3 June, seven people were killed and dozens injured in attacks on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.

Following this, the Red Cross decided to launch the UK Solidarity Fund. This fund will help victims of terror attacks anywhere in the UK, starting with London.

UK Solidarity Fund logo

People across the UK and the world have expressed their solidarity with London and Manchester, and by opening the UK Solidarity Fund we are providing a way to help those who have been affected by these terrible events, and those who might be affected by similar events in the UK.

The donations will help alleviate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.

So what happens to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund now?

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund is still open, and will support the people affected by the attack in Manchester.

The UK Solidarity Fund will help victims of terror attacks anywhere in the UK, starting with London.

Where will the money from the One Love Manchester benefit concert go?

Money raised from the concert tickets for the One Love Manchester benefit concert organised by Ariana Grande, will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and therefore support those affected by the Manchester attack.

How is the money reaching the people who need it?

The money raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will be distributed through a new charity set up by Manchester City Council to distribute the generous donations among those affected.

The UK Solidarity Fund will be allocated in accordance with the need and scale of human crisis caused by terrorist attacks in the UK.

With a separate fund currently successfully raising funds for the victims of the Manchester attack, it is anticipated that, in the first instance, the UK Solidarity Fund will help victims of Saturday’s attack in London.

The grants in London will be awarded by the London Emergencies Trust, mirroring a model that was successfully used following the London bombings in July 2005 and after the Westminster attack in March.

People who have been directly affected by either the Manchester or London attacks and need help from the fund should contact 0800 458 9472.

You can call from 8am to 8pm to find out more about how to access the fund and for any emotional and practical support.

If you would like someone to talk to out of these hours, or would like assistance with accessing specialist support and assistance in your community following the attack, you can contact Victim Support’s support line on 0808 168 9111, which is open 24/7.

Will my money be spent overseas?

No. The money raised for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will go to those affected by the Manchester attack.

The money raised from the UK Solidarity Fund will go to people affected by terrorist attacks in the UK, starting with London.

What about people in other countries who suffer far more terror attacks?

The British Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Through this network the Movement provides support in crises in many ways – health, food, water, cash support – the method of support depends of the crisis, and the best way to support people.

How does the Red Cross help in the aftermath of terror attacks in the UK?

The Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. When there is a crisis in the UK, like a terror attack, we support the emergency services and local authorities to help those most affected.

We have a network of volunteers and staff trained to support people in these situations with both practical and emotional support.

In Manchester, Red Cross volunteers and staff provided ambulance support to local hospitals, set up a rest centre at the Etihad Stadium, and provided practical and emotional support to those affected.

In London, our volunteers were similarly on-hand to provide support at a rest centre established by Southwark Council.

How can I support people affected by terror attacks in the UK?

To support people affected by recent terror attacks and possible future events, please give to the UK Solidarity Fund. The money raised will go to people affected by terrorist attacks in the UK, starting with those affected by London.

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Blog updated on 9 June 2017