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Eminem Pledges Support In Wake Of Manchester Attack

Eminem Pledges Support In Wake Of Manchester Attack

Rap icon is the latest high-profile donor.



Detroit rapper Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - has come out to show his support for the victims of Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester.

The rap icon also urged his colossal 20.8 million following on Twitter to do the same.

As well as supporting victims on social media, Eminem has donated an undisclosed amount to a JustGiving page set up by Manchester Evening News in the wake of the attack.

The amount raised by the page currently stands at more than £1.6 million.

This means the total amount raised currently stands at around £4.1 million, alongside the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up with the Red Cross and the council.

The rap icon, who is coming to the UK for headline slots at Reading and Leeds festival, last night tweeted a link to the Manchester Evening News' JustGiving page, asking his followers for their help.

Mathers isn't the only high profile donor either, with many stars coming forward to show their support and offer their sympathy.

Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs have put their differences aside and pledged a joint sum of £1 million, in a touching display of unity for the city.

"It is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy," said Ed Woodward, United's executive chairman to BBC News.

"The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester."

Another large donation came from Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who put £100,000 into the fund.

Rooney said that his "heart goes out to all those affected" and urged others to donate what they can to help.

"There are moments in life that instantly affect you and stop you in your tracks," he said. "Monday night was one of those occasions. Like so many others, I have enjoyed great nights at the arena, often with my family.

"As a father, I am horrified that a night out for so many young people could end so tragically."

He continued, "I knew people who were at the concert, so it's not easy, it's not a nice moment - not just for Manchester but for the whole of England, and we all felt that."

Other celebrity donations came from the likes of Hollywood star Tom Hardy and comedian Russell Brand.

Words: Paddy Maddison

Featured Image Credit: PA