The red and blue halves of Manchester have joined forces and made a £1 million donation to support the victims of Monday night’s terror attack.
In a statement on the Manchester City website, the club announced they, along with Manchester United would be donating £1 million to the ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’ set up in the wake of the horrific events.
Under the banner of #ACityUnited, the two clubs will continue to explore opportunities to support the city of Manchester.
The fund, which is designed to assist the families of the 22 people who died and the 64 people who were injured, many of them critically.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 25, 2017
Thanks to generous donations from around the world, the total stands at more than £2million, with the merging of Manchester Evening News’ #westandtogether campaign which itself had raised a £1million.
The Clubs’ £1million donation increases that combined total to beyond £3 million.
Manchester United FC held a minute’s silence and wore black armbands during last night’s UEFA Europa League winning final in a mark of respect, and Manchester City Women’s team will do the same at their Spring Series match against Chelsea Ladies FC at the Academy Stadium this evening.
Man City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said:
We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.
The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.
Ed Woodward, Executive Chairman of Manchester United added:
The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone.
Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.
The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath.
To make a donation:
- Visit www.redcross.org.uk/manchester
- Visit www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/redcross/ManchesterEmergencyFund
- Call 0300 456 4999
- Go to a British Red Cross shop