A City United: Manchester clubs donate £1 million to emergency fund

The two clubs made the announcement today.

The two clubs have come together to donate £1 million.
The two clubs have come together to donate £1 million.

THE RED AND blue halves of Manchester have put their rivalries on the field aside this week in the wake of Monday’s attack at the Manchester Arena where 22 people, including children, were killed.

And today both clubs confirmed they would donate £1 million to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund set up in response to the attack.

In a statement today, the clubs say:

“The Red and Blue halves of Manchester have combined to support the city they have each called home for more than a 120 years and which has been profoundly affected by the tragic events witnessed on Monday.

“The (We Love Manchester) fund has swelled to £2 million in the past 24 hours, with the merging of Manchester Evening News’ #westandtogether crowd-funded campaign which itself had raised a  £1 million from the generosity of Mancunians and their friends across the country and the world.

The clubs’ £1 million donation increases that combined total to beyond £3 million.

“Under the banner of #ACityUnited, the two clubs will continue to explore opportunities to support the city at this testing time.”

Speaking of the collaboration, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of City 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.”

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Ed Woodward, executive chairman of Manchester United echoed those sentiments:

“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.”

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