Both Manchester football clubs have come together to donate a fee of £1 millon to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Following the horrific event at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, which saw 22 people tragically lose their lives at an Ariana Grande concert, and 64 injured, the city of Manchester have been rallying together and football rivalry has been put to one side.
City congratulated their rivals on their Europa League with a classy Tweet last night:
And the two clubs are living up to the '#ACityUnited' tag by working together to make a £1 million donate to help those in need, it was confirmed today.
A brilliant gesture from the two clubs.
The 'We Love Manchester Emergency Fund' was set up following Monday's terrorist attack, and the response was immediately overwhelming.
A crowdfunding 'We Stand Together' campaign set up by the Manchester Evening News kicked things off to begin with, before it joined forces with the British Red Cross fund.
In just 24 hours, over £2 million has been raised by a wealth of people, ranging from celebrities, sports players, businesses and the general public. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and Wayne Rooney, through his foundation, both donated £100,000 to the fund.
The £1million donation from United and City takes the overall total above £3 million, with the funds to go to all those affected by the Monday evening's atrocities.
In a joint statement released on each club's official website, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:
"We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.
"The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester."
Following up, United executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward, said:
"The barbarism of Monday evening's attack has shocked everyone. Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy. The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath."
You can get involved and donate to the fund through the following methods:
- Visiting www.redcross.org.uk/manchester
- Visiting www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/redcross/ManchesterEmergencyFund
- Calling 0300 456 4999
- Finding your neaster British Red Cross shop
More to follow.
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