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British Red Cross launches fund for victims of terror anywhere in the UK

British Red Cross launches fund for victims of terror anywhere in the UK

The British Red Cross has launched the UK Solidarity Fund which will be available to help the victims of terror anywhere in the UK.

The fund has been established following Saturday’s vehicle and knife attacks on London Bridge and in surrounding streets. This was the third terrorist attack in the UK in as many months.

The UK Solidarity Fund will support people who have been injured, bereaved or traumatised by terror attacks in the UK. It will be used to “help alleviate immediate suffering and ensure that victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties”.

The charity has been running the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Evening News.

Following Saturday night’s attack in London, the British Red Cross is now establishing this UK-wide appeal to people affected by terror attacks anywhere in the UK when they occur.

London Bridge

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As we slowly come to terms with this tragic event, I know many Londoners will want to support the victims and their families, together with those who have lost loved ones or been injured during the recent horrendous attack in Manchester.

“This new fund will help those most in need of support and provide a focal point for those who want to help.”

Red Cross disaster appeals

The British Red Cross has had experience of running such appeals, including those launched after the 7 July 2007 London attacks, the Westminster attacks of March 2017, and the Manchester bombing.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The events in these two great British cities in the last two weeks are shocking and horrifying. Our thoughts are with all of those affected at this terribly difficult time.

“The new UK Solidarity Fund will support victims of the attacks and their families, and provide a way for people to donate to help those affected in their time of need. It will also help us to stand prepared to swiftly provide support in the event of future incidents.

 

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund will also remain open.

 

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Research massive growth in giving.

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