Ariana Grande: Singer Named Manchester Bombing Charity Patron

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Ariana Grande: Singer Named Manchester Bombing Charity Patron
Ariana Grande: Singer Named Manchester Bombing Charity Patron

Ariana Grande has been made patron of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up in the wake of the Arena terror attack.

The pop star has been recognised for organising the hugely successful One Love Manchester benefit concert, which raised more than £3m for those affected by the blast on May 22.

The 23-year-old managed to pull together a string of A list performers for the event, less than two weeks after the atrocity.

She also received warm praise for visiting injured children in hospital, as well as the relatives of those who died.

Ariana Grande is already set to become an honorary citizen of Manchester in recognition of her acts of generosity towards the city.

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund supports those bereaved or injured in the attack following the US star’s gig.

The blast claimed the lives of 22 people and left more than 100 others injured.

The fund was founded by Manchester council, British Red Cross and the M.E.N, and so far £11.7m has been raised through generous community donations.

The trustees have asked the global star to become a figurehead for the charity, as they release a further £3m to those affected by the attack.

Chair of the board of trustees for the fund Counc Sue Murphy, said: “Ariana Grande exemplified Mancunian spirit at a time when she was struggling with the aftermath of the attack herself.

“Her fundraising concert raised millions for the appeal and buoyed all our spirits.

“We are grateful to her for agreeing to be patron of this charity, which seeks to help everyone who was affected by the tragedy.”

Chief executive of the British Red Cross Mike Adamson said: “Ariana’s experienced the tragedy that happened in Manchester and now she is also central to the extraordinary community effort that came together afterwards.

“We are proud to work with both Ariana and Manchester council and to help in any way we can.”

The Victim Support phone line is available 24/7 on 0808 1689111 for anyone affected by the attack.

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