Fundraising Page Has Been Set Up For Victims Of Manchester Attack
People in Manchester have been rallying together to do all they can to help those affected by the deadly explosion at the Manchester Arena.
The Manchester Evening News has set up a fundraising page to support the families of those killed or injured. In just a few short hours, people have raised more than the initial target of £250,000 - thanks to more than eight thousand donors.
Contributor James Flynn writes: "I live abroad, but I support and love the people of my home town Manchester. Stay strong together! And support those families who have lost so much. They will never take away the spirit of Manchester."
While Harry Sergison adds: "Thoughts go out to all the families of everyone affected by this tragedy! Amazing to see everyone's support it makes me proud to be British."
Details are still emerging from the gruesome attack last night. The youngest victim of the blast has been identified as eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos.
The headteacher at Saffie's school, Chris Upton has told the Guardian: "Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone."
It's understood that the young girl was separated from her mother and sister in the panic following the explosion in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Those two are believed to be in separate hospitals being treated for shrapnel injuries.
She's the second person identified from the 22 people who were killed, with 18-year-old Georgina Callandar being the first. The teen, who was a big fan of Ariana Grande, last saw the pop idol during a meet and greet in 2015.
Georgina has been described by loved ones as a girl who 'lit up a room', according to the Sun. A separate fundraising page has been set up by YouTuber Luke Cutforth, trying to help her family. The GoFundMe page has already raked in £2,000 in two hours.
"We would like to raise some money for Georgina Callander's family to help towards the funeral and memorial costs, and to give them time to grieve," says the page.
"Gina was tragically killed in Manchester after an innocent night out watching Ariana Grande with friends. Rest in Peace."
Another initiative is being organised to raise money for the families of those who have lost loved ones
The post reads: "Several tattooists from around Manchester are fund raising for the victims of last night's tragic attack. Me and the team at Rapture will be doing Manchester bee tattoos for £50 each THIS SUNDAY, all the money will be going to these families. Everyone is welcome, hoping to see some familiar faces!"
A controlled explosion has taken place in Fallowfield, according to reports on social media. Residents took to Twitter to report 'loud explosions' in the area, as well as photographs of armed police.
Believe a bomb has gone off outside my house in Fallowfield?? #ManchersterArena #manchesterterrorattack @MENnewsdesk pic.twitter.com/5K5gM2e6f0
- Ashley'Young:christmas_tree::snowflake:☃️ (@AYoung0305) May 23, 2017
Apparent explosion in fallowfield with Swat teams responding. Stay safe everyone pic.twitter.com/wJGODdIUun
- Mubarak (@the_mubarak) May 23, 2017
Police have released a statement saying: "Police have executed warrants, one in Whalley Range, and one in Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place, as part of the investigation into last night's horrific attack at the Manchester Arena."
Very little is known about the person who detonated the suicide bomb at the Manchester Arena last night. Prime Minister Theresa May has told a press conference that intelligence services believe they know the identity of the attacker but are working to determine whether he was acting alone or a part of a group. Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack, claiming the bomber was a 'soldier of the caliphate'.
According to the Independent, the most recent version of its propaganda magazine listed concert halls as 'ideal target locations' for attacks.
An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area: 0800 096 0095.
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