JustGiving has verified that Hollywood star Tom Hardy has launched a JustGiving page following Monday’s terror attack in Manchester which is genuine.
The 39-year-old actor is raising money for the British Red Cross and has already raised over £17,750, surpassing his original £15,000 target. This helps bring the total amount raised, so far, for victims and their families (from all 150 JustGiving pages) to over £2million this morning.
The actor wrote on the JustGiving page: “I am hoping to raise money for The British Red Cross Society because the families and children will need support.”
He added: “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. Thankyou.”
Tom’s post concluded: “Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.”
An outpouring of unity and support has seen over 150 JustGiving crowdfunding pages created to raise money to help those affected, including a JustGiving page set up by the Manchester Evening News which has now raised over £1,270,000 alone from over 41,000 supporters.