The world was shocked by the May 22 terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead and hundreds of others injured. In the months since, the singer has worked hard to support her fans in the city and to raise money through the We Love Manchester fund, which was set up in the wake of the tragedy.
According to Entertainment Weekly, each of the families of the 22 victims who were killed in the attack will receive $324,000 in honor of their loved ones. (The fund has also given money to people who spent time in the hospital following the attack.) To date, the charity has raised $23 million through donations from the public and Grande’s One Love Manchester concert.
“The city and the world responded with such extreme kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack,” Manchester city councillor Sue Murphy said of the money raised, according to CNN. “We will now spend some time looking at how we will distribute the rest of the funds. This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack.”
After the May bombing, Grande expressed her heartbreak over the tragedy in a statement, saying, “My heart, prayers, and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.”
She continued: “The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out. I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, nonstop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you’ll ever know. The compassion, kindness, love, strength, and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. YOU are the opposite.”
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