Tom Hardy has helped raised more than £19,000 for the victims of the Manchester terror attack after setting up a JustGiving page in the wake of the atrocity (and yes, it really is him, they checked).
The much-loved actor, who recently set hearts racing after chasing down a moped thief, was moved to start fundraising for the British Red Cross after hearing that 22 people had been killed and over 100 injured when a suicide bomber struck as fans left Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert on Monday.
“I am hoping to raise money for The British Red Cross Society because the families and children will need support,” he wrote.
“What happened at the AG [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert – it is an inconceivable atrocity.
“There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I have witnessed and there is no doubt that Terrorism is an evil thing.
“I hope that between us we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way towards repairing some if any of the damage done…
“There will be much to do and for many the beginning of a new life without those that they love and also a new life damaged irrevocably by the actions of a crime which has no reason, no heartfelt purpose but was simply a cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence.
“Terrorism is abhorrent, the killing of innocent families and children unacceptable. And it is with those, the innocent victims and the witnesses of this atrocity that my heartfelt concern and deepest sympathy lies. Please help however you can. Thank you.”
Rallying to support the victims
Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos is believed to be the youngest victim of the atrocity, with teenagers Georgina Callander, Nell Jones, Olivia Campbell, Chloe Rutherford, Liam Curry, Eilidh MacLeod and Sorrell Leczkowski also among the dead.
Manchester held a vigil in Albert Square to remember the 22 people who lost their lives and people are continuing to lay flowers in tribute.
Over 150 JustGiving pages have been created to raise money for those directly affected by the tragedy. More than £2 million has been raised in total, with the site receiving six donations a second at one point.
Manchester Evening News has raised over £1.3 million from more than 42,000 well-wishers donating to its We Stand Together fund. Others have been fundraising for two homeless men who stepped in to help the injured in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.
Rhys Goode, spokesperson for JustGiving, said: “Following this devastating and cowardly attack, it speaks volumes that the people of Manchester and across the UK have rallied to support the victims, their families and friends in their hour of need. This shows just how strong people’s resolve is not to be cowed in the face of terror.”