Ariana Grande Concert Victims’ Families Will Receive $324,000 in Donations
Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert helped raise a sizable portion of the funds.
A cash payout can never make up for a tragic loss of life, a serious injury, or mental trauma. But it can help grieving families and attack victims get back on their feet.
Tuesday, the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which formed after the May 22 terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 and wounded at least 50 others, announced that the families of the 22 victims of the attack would be given around $324,000 each, TMZ reports.
Additionally, according to the Guardian, the 57 people who spent at least seven days in the hospital received a payout of 60,000 pounds ($77,000), and those who spent one to seven days in the hospital received 4,000 pounds ($5,100) each.
“We will now spend some time looking at how we will distribute the rest of the funds,” Sue Murphy, chair of the fund and deputy leader of Manchester’s city council, told the Guardian. “This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack.”
“The trickiest part of it is going to be mental health issues,” Murphy added. “It’s difficult to predict. Some people might not know yet how they are going to be affected in the long term.”
In total, the fund garnered more than $23 million in donations since May, E! Online reports, including $13 million at the One Love Manchester concert organized by Grande herself.
“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” Grande wrote at the time. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”