Manchester attack: Tom Hardy launches Just Giving page for victims

'I hope we can raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love to help in some small way'

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Following the devastating bombing in Manchester that killed 22 and left 59 injured, actor Tom Hardy has started a JustGiving page raising funds to help those affected by the attack. 

Money raised by the page - which has been verified by Just Giving - will be given to the British Red Cross Society, whose ongoing campaign has so raised over £2 million so far. 

Hardy wrote on the page: “What happened last night at the AG concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert.”

The attack happened in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following a concert by Ariana Grande; the pop singer has since postponed her upcoming tour

Hardy continued: “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 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 in the wake of last nights events. 

“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. A road to recovery unimaginable.

“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 .”

As of writing, the page has already passed the £15,000 target by £3,000, with more people generously donating every few minutes.