Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fundraiser to help Manchester bombing victims raises over €850,000 within hours

People pause in front of candles set up in front of floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
People pause in front of candles set up in front of floral tributes in Albert Square in Manchester. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Kathy Armstrong

An appeal to help the victims of the Manchester bombing has raised over €850,000 in just 24 hours.

The online fundraiser was set up after suicide bomber Salman Abedi  killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

An injured woman is helped out of the Manchester Arena after last night’s blast at a gig by Ariana Grande, which left 19 dead
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Two women wrapped in thermal blankets stand near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Concert goers react after fleeing the Manchester Arena after the explosion.
Concert goers wait to be picked up at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester
A tweet from U.S. singer Ariana Grande is seen as she makes her first comment since a bombing at her concert in Manchester
Armed police man roadblocks outside the arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. Photo: PA
A police officer escorts people near the Manchester Arena
Police escort members of the public from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People running down stairs as they attempt to exit the Manchester Arena after a blast
Police corden off an area close to the Box Office entrance to the Manchester Arena. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: PA
A police officer talks to locals outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
An armoured police Land Rover drives away from the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
People sit by the side of the road next to a police cordon outside the Manchester Arena. Photo: Reuters
Still image taken from video shows a street scene near Manchester Arena after the blast
Armed police block a road near to the Manchester Arena

Olivia Campbell (15), Saffie Rose Roussos (8), Georgina Callander (18) and John Atkinson (26) have been confirmed dead so far while many more continue to be treat in hospitals across the region.

People have generously come together to help those who need it.

A Crowdfunding appeal said: "At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured after a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena...

"(We have started this fund to help support the families in the aftermath of the attack."

Pictured left to right; Olivia Campbell, John Atkinson, Saffie Rose Roussos, Georgina Bethany Callander
Pictured left to right; Olivia Campbell, John Atkinson, Saffie Rose Roussos, Georgina Bethany Callander

So far it has raised an incredible £739,029 (almost €860,000), 98 per cent of their fundraising target.

Read More: 24 hours after Manchester terror bombing: All we know so far about horror attack that killed at least 22 people

People commented on the page that they will stand united and defiant after Britain's worst terrorist attack in twelve years.

One said: "Love WILL overcome.

"It is love the world sends ...

"To all those affected by this madness.

"Manchester our hearts are with you.... now and always."

Another noted: "From one mum to another, from one Manc to another with love."

Read More: 'My darling precious girl': Mum's devastation as missing Olivia Campbell (15) named as fourth person killed in Manchester terror bombing

Up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed on the streets amid fears that the Manchester suicide bomber had accomplices preparing further attacks.

Another man (23) was arrested on Monday in connection with the attack and Prime Minister Theresa May has said that we cannot rule out the possibility that Abedi was part of a wider network of Isil-inspired terrorists

For the first time in 10 years, the prime minister raised the terror threat to the highest possible level, from severe to critical, meaning an attack is "expected imminently".

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