Celebrities Raise Money to Assist Victims of the Manchester Tragedy

Several prominent celebrities have sprung into action to help raise money to assist victims injured during a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Actor Tom Hardy, well known to international audiences through his recent film appearances, conducted an online fundraiser with the goal of obtaining at least 15,000 British Pounds in donations to help the British Red Cross. He set up a page at the JustGiving website to appeal for money for the charitable organization. His efforts had already exceeded the target within 48 hours of the tragedy.

 

Other celebrities also worked to generate public support for victim assistance efforts. Two British soccer stars who played for Manchester United made charitable contributions. Wayne Rooney made a very generous financial donation through his charitable foundation, giving the equivalent of over $130,000. Another prominent celebrity who played for the soccer club, Phil Neville, provided food for hospitalized victims and their medical caregivers at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

 

Additionally, many local soccer clubs pooled smaller donations to offer charitable contributions. The Premier League clubs gave $1.3 million to a fund established to assist victims. Spokesmen for both the Manchester City and Manchester United teams expressed their hope the gift would assist survivors.

 

Russell Brand, a comedian and movie actor, dedicated the proceeds from his recent stage appearance at Southport to Mend, an organization opposing Islamophobia in the UK. Mend has indicated the group plans to aid family members of people hurt in the attack. The organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Shazad Amin, noted the comedian had worked with Mend previously, too.

 

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