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This time a week ago, the extent of the devastation following the Manchester attack at a pop concert was still coming to light. At the same time, however, something else was happening. People were coming together. Fundraising appeals were sprouting up everywhere as the stories of those affected were being shared.

From Chris Parker, a homeless man who held a dying woman in his arms, to taxi drivers, local businesses and members of the public - everyone stepped up.

Manchester Evening News set up their own appeal on JustGiving in partnership with The Red Cross.

On their page, they wrote: "At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured after a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena.

"Manchester Evening News readers have been asking how they can help, so we have started this fund to help support the families in the aftermath of the attack.

"The money raised by the Manchester Evening News and its readers will be administered by the British Red Cross, who are offering support to affected families. All of it will go to the families."

News of the appeal spread far and wide, and it caught the attention of lots of celebrities.

Eminem shared the appeal to his 20 million followers on Twitter...

And Justin Timberlake followed suit, tweeting the link to his 60 million followers

At the time of writing, the total money raised for families sits at an incredible £1,855,884.

53,944 people have pledged their money to help those affected.

This comes after Manchester City and Manchester United jointly pledged £1 million to the victims and their families, with clothing brand Boohoo also donating £100,000.

Incredible effort all round.

If you want to help MEN and British Red Cross reach their target of £2 million, you can donate here.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is an NCTJ trained Trending Journalist at LADbible and has worked here since 2015. She launched the 'LAD of the Week' feature in 2016 and has run it single-handedly ever since. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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