The “Slim Shady” rapper shared a rare message to Twitter last week urging fans to contribute to a Just Giving crowdfund page set up by the Manchester City Council in conjunction with the British Red Cross. So far the page has nearly reached its 2 million pound ($2,570,000) goal, aided by his promotion and also an undisclosed personal donation.
“Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families, Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk,” wrote the 44-year-old star alongside a link to the fund. He received thanks in a tweet from the Manchester City Council.
Eminem joins a host of stars who are lending a hand to the cause. Justin Timberlake also tweeted a link crowdfunding page on Friday.
Ed Sheeran appeared in a video posted to the British Red Cross’ twitter on Monday pointing fans towards the We Love Manchester emergency fund. “The attack on Manchester was truly heartbreaking, but since then, Manchester, Britain and the world have come together,” the 26-year-old “Galway Girl” singer begins.
“The We Love Manchester emergency fund will support people that have been injured or bereaved. The donations will make sure victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties.”
British actor Tom Hardy launched his own online fundraiser last week, with the goal of raising 15,000 pounds for the British Red Cross Society. So far it has earned over 35,000 pounds—235% of the goal.
“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,” he wrote in the fundraiser’s description page. “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.”
He continued, “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 night’s 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.”
Perhaps the most visible appeal has come from Grande herself, who revealed the lineup of her benefit concert on Tuesday morning. Grande and the British Red Cross confirmed the “One Love Manchester” event on Twitter, with a pink logo featuring a ribbon with the singer’s signature bunny ears.
Grande’s return to Manchester will take place at the Old Trafford cricket ground. All fans who attended her original show are being offered free tickets to the benefit concert, and must register by Wednesday on Ticketmaster. General sale will be available via Ticketmaster on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m. BST.