A Trust has been established by Rotary District 1285, which includes the city of Manchester and surrounding areas, following the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May.

The Manchester Arena Families Trust aims to provide practical help to the victims and families of those killed or injured by the attack.

This may include supplying transport to families needing to visit victims in hospital and similar practical support.

This support could extend to people indirectly affected, be it physically in the immediate aftermath while escaping the vicinity, or mentally as a result of trauma suffered which may require treatment, at the discretion of the trustees.

 Application form will be available here

Donations can be made in the following ways:

By bank transfer

Account: The Royal Bank of Scotland District 1285
Account no: 41472760
Sort code:8 16-00-18
Reference: Organisation name and the letters ‘MAF’

By cheque

Cheques should be made payable to Rotary District 1285 and clearly endorsed with the letters ‘MAF’ on the reverse, along with the name of the club, district or organisation making the donation.

An accompanying letter with contact details of whom receipts can be sent should also be included.

Cheques should be posted to Rotary Support Centre, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, B49 6PB

Any queries should be sent to District Treasurer Roger Glew.

Manchester Arena Families Trust
1  The purpose of the Trust is the practical relief of the victims and/or families of those affected by the bombing and its immediate aftermath.  Affected in this context means deceased, physically injured, or suffering trauma, and could therefore include people such as members of the emergency services.  Latitude in determining ‘family’ should also take into account modern relationships.
2  a It is envisaged that Rotary Clubs local to individuals defined in (1) will seek to establish needs, and apply to the Trust for funds to cover these.  Considerable flexibility must be allowed here, but can include things such as transport costs for hospital visits, prosthetic aids, tutors for young people in long-term hospital confinement, etc.
b. It is hoped, but not conditional, that the local Rotary Club would be involved in the provision of assistance if practicable.
c. Where there is not an appropriate Rotary Club, applications from individuals will be considered.

3  The Trustees will determine the amount to be awarded to each application, having due regard to total monies available and their perception of the merit of the request.  However, unless total monies available are very limited, the general assumption would be towards payment in full, the local club having performed due diligence in preparing its application.
4  It is intended that the funds will be dispersed quickly.  In this context it is envisaged that in the first instance a time limit of one year from the date of establishment of the Trust will be used.  Applications still under consideration at that will be continued.  However, the Trustees at that time may recommend to the District that it be extended, if circumstances so suggest.
5  At such time as the Trust is ended, any monies will be transferred to a fund of a similar nature, as decided by the Trustees, and the Trust terminated.
6  No monies should be awarded to items such as memorials, plaques, etc.
7  Speed is essential, and it is hoped that monies can be released almost immediately.