Manchester bombing charity raised a total of £21.6m

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund says all but £1.1m of the final total has now been distributed to victims and bereaved families

A total of £21.6m was raised in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, according to the trustees of a charity set up in the aftermath.

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which stopped taking donations on 31 January this year, said that all but £1.1m of the money had now been allocated to people either bereaved or injured in the terrorist attack.

The Manchester Arena bombing, which occurred on 22 May 2017 in the foyer of the arena after a concert by the pop singer Ariana Grande, killed 22 people, plus the bomber.

The final £1.1m will be distributed to people left permanently disabled by the bombing, particularly those left with long-term impacts on their daily lives and those requiring further surgery or rehabilitation, the trustees said.

The charity said that £75,000 of the remaining funds – match funded with the NHS – will go towards six months of intensive physiotherapy care at the Manchester Institute of Health & Performance for some of the most severely affected victims.

Of the approximately £20m already handed out, an initial £1m was awarded on 1 June 2017 to bereaved families and victims who had to stay in hospital. A further £4.4m was distributed on 13 June 2017.

Another £3.9m was given to bereaved families on 15 August 2017 and £908,000 to those with life-changing injuries on 13 September 2017.

The rest has been spent on compensation for those injured in the attacks, including £100,000 per person left permanently injured.

The trustees also set aside £3m in November 2017 to help with the psychological injuries sustained by those in the foyer when the bomb exploded, and a further £3m was given last year to the bereaved families and to fund psychological support groups.

Edith Conn, chair of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: "Manchester and the world responded with such kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.

"In raising more than £21.6m, those who donated have helped many, many people who suffered during that incident.

"As the second anniversary approaches, our thoughts, as always, are with all those affected by the attack."

Conn said decisions about how the funds were spent were made "based on ongoing physical and functional disability and clinical prognosis, following advice from medical professionals".

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