Category: Emergencies

Raising money for Manchester and London attacks – how your donations will help

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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.

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Help at the hardest time: supporting families after the Manchester bombing

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“Last Monday night, my mum texted me knowing that I was on shift,” said Amy Weston, a Red Cross emergency response volunteer.

“Something’s happened at the MEN [Manchester Arena].’

“I ended up ringing the person who was managing our volunteer shift that night. She said ‘you just need to stop, to chill out, get some rest and get ready just in case.”

The Red Cross works alongside the emergency services, councils and other voluntary sector partners in emergencies. The next day, the local authority asked the Red Cross to support the response efforts.

“On the way to work the next day, I got a call saying we’re going to need some support today, we’re opening up at the Etihad,” Amy said.

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Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry join Ariana Grande for Manchester benefit concert

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Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That and Niall Horan are to join Ariana Grande in a concert to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack.

This show of solidarity, from some of the biggest international names in music, will take place on Sunday 4 June.

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We Love Manchester Emergency Fund grows to £4.1million

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Crowds gathered for a vigil in Manchester's Albert Square to pay their respects following the terrorist attack on Manchester Stadium.

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Love and support for the people of Manchester continue to shine through as more and more people give to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

In its first 24 hours after launching, the appeal reached £2 million. Now it has reached over £4 million, thanks to generous donations from the public and Manchester’s two major football clubs. Manchester United and Manchester City joined forces to pledge £1 million to support survivors of the attack.

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We Love Manchester Emergency Fund raises £2m in first 24 hours

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Couple embraceThe We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has raised £2m in just 24 hours. Sports stars, celebrities, members of the public and businesses have all responded to the call for funds to support people affected by the devastating attack in Manchester. Donations have come pouring in from across the country.

The Manchester Evening News, who launched the We Stand Together appeal raising £1m, have joined forces with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, launched by Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.

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How to talk to children about a terrorist attack

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News about a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for families times like these can be especially hard.

How do you talk to children about traumatic events? Should you be honest, or is it best to turn the TV off and shield them from the news?

Here’s some advice from British Red Cross expert Dr Sarah Davidson.

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How Red Cross volunteers responded to the WW2 bomb in Birmingham

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A Red Cross volunteer helps a woman in a rest centre set up for those evacuated from their homes.

Photo credit: Tom Pilston / Panos / British Red Cross

An unexploded World War Two (WW2) bomb was found at a construction site near Spaghetti Junction on Monday. For the next two nights, volunteers from the British Red Cross ran a rest centre to support people evacuated from the local area.

“My experience for the night I’ve been here has been fantastic,” said Sarah, from Aston.

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