Campaign raises more than £1m for Manchester victims' families in two days

Funds raised by the Manchester Evening News campaign on JustGiving will be administered by the British Red Cross

A fundraising campaign by the Manchester Evening News to support the families of those killed and injured in Monday’s attack at Manchester Arena has raised more than £1m in less than two days.

The newspaper’s We Stand Together Manchester appeal, hosted by the fundraising platform JustGiving, initially set out to generate £50,000. But more than £500,000 was raised in seven hours.

The British Red Cross will administer the funds.

The Manchester-based Co-Op and the fashion brand Boohoo each gave £100,000, and the comedian Rory Bremner has agreed to donate all money from a show he is doing tonight in Sale, Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Evening News appeal is one of several crowdfunding campaigns set up in the wake of Monday’s explosion, which killed 22 people, including children.

The Cheshire Community Foundation, which is based in Greater Manchester, opened an appeal on the fundraising platform BT MyDonate. It had raised more than £1,800 by midday on Wednesday.

"A great number of people from Cheshire would have attended the Ariana Grande concert or might have been personally affected by the attack," said Zoe Sheppard, chief executive of the foundation.

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