Muslim group of UK raises Pound 38,000 for kin of Manchester terror attack victims

Muslim group of UK raises Pound 38,000 for kin of Manchester terror attack victims


London (IINA) - A group, which works to tackle Islamophobia, has donated tens of thousands of pounds for the families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.

Grassroots group Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) has handed over Pound 38,000 to the Manchester Emergency Fund (MEF). Hundreds of donations were given to the group in the wake of the atrocity last May.

Comedian Russell Brand, a long-standing supporter of MEND, also donated the profits from one of his gigs to boost the appeal.

MEND members who are now backing the #WeStandTogether campaign - have handed the cash to staff at the Red Cross so it can be distributed amongst the families of those killed in the bombing.

Dr. Siema Iqbal, chair of the MEND Manchester working group, said members were keen to support those affected by the attack, Manchester Evening News reported.

She said: We decided to set up a fundraising page and within days we had raised Pound 38,000, so we were really delighted to be able to give the cheque to the Red Cross this morning.

The grassroots not-for-profit organization, run by volunteers who work to tackle Islamophobia, offers an advisory service to those who have suffered religious discrimination.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Red Cross at their offices in Manchester, Kerry Threadgill said: On behalf of everyone at the British Red Cross, I would like to say a huge thank you to all at MEND for their incredible generosity and support.

"The amazing total they have raised will make a huge difference in supporting those who were affected by the Manchester attack and their families."

Members of MEND have pledged its support to the M.E.N's #WeStandTogether campaign which aims to promote peace and tolerance across Greater Manchester.

An outpouring of public support has taken the total raised by the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to Pound 18 million.

Families of those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bomb attack are expected to receive up to Pound 250,000 each.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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