Ross-on-Wye falls silent to remember the Manchester victims

By Ross Gazette reporter in Community News

Businesses and individuals in Ross-on-Wye joined others across the country in a minute’s silence to remember the Manchester Arena terror attack victims.

The 11am silence was observed to mark solidarity with those injured in the massacre as well as others affected by the attack, which took place on Monday, May 22nd.

Flags will remain at half-mast until the evening of May 25th and campaigning by most political parties for the General Election will restart on Friday.

More than £1.5 million has been raised in response to the terrorist attack in which 22 people were killed and 59 people have been injured. The fundraising platform JustGiving has revealed that over £1.5million has already been raised through two sites to support the victims and their families.

The JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester has raised over £1million.

The British Red Cross, in association with We Love MCR, the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s’ charity have also established the Manchester Emergency JustGivingFund, https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/redcross/ManchesterEmergencyFund which has also raised over £549,000. This means that over £1.5 million has already been raised in total to support the victims and their families, and there have been several other sites set up too. JustGiving also donated £50,000 to this appeal.

JustGiving saw 10 times the normal volume of traffic on the site and at one point had 33000 people active at the same time - reaching six donations a second. This has more than doubled the site’s previous record for people on the platform at one time.

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