JustGiving has verified that a fundraising appeal established in the name of Hollywood actor Tom Hardy is genuine as the social donations platform confirmed that it has now raised in excess of £2m to support victims of Monday’s Manchester attack.
Hardy has beaten his target of raising £15k for the British Red Cross with a fundraising total now north of £18k thanks to the contributions of 785 supporters.
On his JustGiving page Hardy wrote: “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.”
Hardy’s is just one of 150 separate pages set-up in the aftermath of the atrocity which saw 22 people, including children, slain as they exited an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. The biggest of these, an appeal set up by the Manchester Evening News, has raised over £1.2m from 41,000 supporters.
JustGiving has smashed traffic and donation records in the wake of the terror attack with 33,000 people active simultaneously at one point, double the previous record for most people active on the platform at any one time, with six donations a second being made.
In a sign of how the attack has served to unify the city Manchester United and Manchester City have set aside their rivalries for their #ACityUnited campaign.