The charity set up to distribute money raised for those affected by the Manchester Arena attack has issued a final call-out for people to bank their donations, ahead of its 31 January deadline.
People who still have money to donate to the fund should do so by 31 January 2019 and are urged to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Almost all of the £21.5m donated by members of the public and various organisations has now been distributed to survivors of the attack and bereaved families. Over the coming months trustees are taking advice from medical professionals about how the remaining funds of approximately £750,000 can best be distributed.
The majority of the fund was distributed as cash gifts to help the bereaved and injured, including approximately £3.4m given to those suffering psychological injury, and trustees also allocated money to deliver nation-wide psychological support groups, run by specialists.
For anyone looking for an alternative charity to make donations to, trustees suggest either the UK Solidarity British Red Cross Fund: www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/uk-emergency-response/uk-solidarity-fund, that supports victims of terror, or alternatively, the Manchester Memorials Fund: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/welovemcr/manchestermemorialfund set up to develop a memorial in memory of the victims of the Arena attack.
Edith Conn OBE, Chair of the trustee board, said: “As trustees, our guiding principle throughout has been to help as many people as possible, but especially those who are most in need. The amazing generosity of the public has enabled so many people to receive help.
“The fund, by its very nature, was always intended as a time limited charity, as an urgent response to people’s immediate needs. We can’t thank people enough for their overwhelming support for the Emergency Fund but, with the majority of the money distributed, the time is now right to scale back our work. If there are any outstanding donations we are asking people to bank them as soon as possible, this will help the charity make crucial decisions about how to allocate the remaining funds."
For more information and examples of how the donations have helped people, please visit the website: manchesteremergencyfund.com