We give our expertise to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Setting the scene

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund is the charity set up to support the victims of the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.

After the attack, numerous appeals were launched, including ones by the Manchester Evening News and the British Red Cross. The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund was launched by Manchester City Council, in partnership with the British Red Cross, to coordinate, administer and distribute the money raised.

The Fund will be used to help victims who have suffered physical or mental trauma following the attack and will also help the dependents of those killed and injured.

“On behalf of the Fund I’d like to thank PwC for offering their services and support. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the public we have raised a large amount of money. With PwC’s advice and expertise we will be able to ensure that it can be used for the maximum benefit of those who were affected by the attack.”

Cllr Sue Murphy, Chair of Trustees, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

How we helped

Staff in our Manchester office were keen to support both the people affected by the attack as well as the City of Manchester.

So we’re giving pro bono audit and tax advice to the Fund, and helping ensure donors’ money is used effectively for the greatest benefit of those affected by the attack.

Iwan Griffiths, PwC's regional chair for the North West, said: "PwC is proud to be appointed auditor of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and happy to do so for no charge.  We want to help ensure as much of the money raised goes to help those impacted by the sad events of May. It's important to our people that we play our part and do the right thing for the city and community that we all love and are proud to call our home."

“It's important to our people that we play our part and do the right thing for the city and community that we all love and are proud to call our home.”

Iwan Griffiths, Regional Chair for the North West, PwC

Making a difference

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund raised £2 million in just 24 hours and has raised more than £18 million in total.

Our role helps ensure that the money raised is used effectively. Gifts of money - meaning  that there are no conditions on how the recipients spend the money to support them and their loved ones through the aftermath of the atrocity - have been distributed. And the Fund’s Trustees are also looking into ways to ensure that the remainder of the money goes to those who need it. The Trustees will continue to meet regularly to monitor progress.

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