The Charity Commission has registered a new charity to assist the victims of the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005. The new charity was registered within hours of the paperwork being received.
The charity was formed on Friday evening in association with the British Red Cross and the Mayor of London. It was registered yesterday.
The fund’s objectives are to relieve sickness and disability, whether physical or mental, of victims of the disaster and their dependents; to relieve financial need among the victims and their families and to support other charitable purposes as appropriate.
Andrew Hind, Chief Executive at the Charity Commission, said: “Already, members of the public, businesses and other organisations are looking for ways in which they can respond positively to this awful event.
“Being a registered charity means the fund can benefit from tax-efficient giving, which will maximise the support provided to victims and their families.”
Donations to the charity (registration number 1110400) can be made online via the British Red Cross, by telephone on 08705 125 125, and by post to:
London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, c/o The Mayor of London, Freepost LON18968, Sheffield S98 1ZA
According to the Evening Standard, the fund had raised £750,000 on its first day and was that figure was expected to reach £1 million by the end of Monday. Donations had been received from the Daily Mail and General Trust, Tesco, Pret a Manger, Gap, Camelot, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Eurostar, the O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome), and The Evening Standard.