British Red Cross sets up fund for victims of terrorist attacks

The UK Solidarity Fund has been established to alleviate immediate suffering and help with the short-term financial needs of victims and bereaved

Aftermath of the attack at London Bridge
Aftermath of the attack at London Bridge

The British Red Cross has launched a fund dedicated to helping the victims of any future UK terrorist attacks after the incident at London Bridge on Saturday night.

The UK Solidarity Fund will support people who have been injured, bereaved or traumatised by terror attacks in the UK and their families, both to alleviate immediate suffering and to ensure they do not face short-term financial difficulties as a result of being caught up in attacks.

The fund, which was launched yesterday, had raised more than £76,000 by noon today.

Although the fund has been launched in response to the attack on London and last month’s bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, it will remain open as a broader appeal to support people affected by any incidents in the future.

The funds will be distributed by the British Red Cross.

Mike Adamson, chief executive of the BRC, said the new fund would help the charity to "to stand prepared to swiftly provide support in the event of future incidents".

He said BRC staff and volunteers were providing practical and emotional support in both Manchester and London and would do all they could to help the victims and their families.

The BRC also set up the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund appeal with Manchester City Council and the Manchester Evening News, which has now become a charity in its own right. It will continue to accept donations, having so far raised more than £7.2m.

Yesterday’s One Love Manchester benefit concert featuring Grande and a range of other singers also raised more than £2m for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Since the attack in London on Saturday, a number of smaller JustGiving pages have sprung up to help individual victims of the attack, including an off-duty police officer and an off-duty British Transport Police officer who tried to obstruct the attackers. These pages have so far raised a combined total of more than £13,000.

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