The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up to support the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack, has set a final date for people to apply to it for funding.
The charity, set up just days after the 22 May 2017 attack, has raised a remarkable £21.3m for people who were bereaved, seriously physically injured or left with psychological scars. Some £20.7m of this total has already been allocated.
The Fund’s trustees are now keen to distribute the remaining money – but before they can do this they need to make sure that everyone who is eligible for funding and wants to claim has the chance to do so.
The charity is encouraging anyone who meets the criteria for support but has still not claimed to do so by 30 September this year. To apply, please email emergency.fund@mancheste
The full critieria can be found at www.manchesteremergencyfund
Councillor Sue Murphy, chair of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund trustees, said: “The generosity and solidarity shown by the public in the wake of the 22 May 2017 attack was truly inspiring. From large corporate donations to kids donating their pocket money, the city and country responded with love. I know it has given great solace and support to those who lost loved ones or suffered life-changing injuries or psychological trauma.
“The swiftness with which the emergency fund was established enabled us to provide that support very quickly. As trustees, our guiding principle throughout has been to help as many people as possible but especially those most in need.
“The emergency fund by its very nature was never intended as a permanent charity but as an urgent response to people’s very immediate needs. While its work will continue for some time, as we recognise that grief, injuries and trauma are ongoing, the time has arrived when the charity’s work is able to start being scaled down. We want to ensure that people who were affected, and who meet the criteria for support, have a last chance to apply before we close applications and assess how remaining funds are best distributed.”
There are no immediate plans for the charity to stop receiving donations, although there will come a point when it does, and any such plans will be communicated well in advance.
An independent review of the charity’s work has been commissioned and will be published in the autumn.