Nearly three months after a terrorist attack left 22 people dead and many more injured at an Ariana Grande concert in England, the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has announced that it will provide $324,000 apiece to the families of the deceased.
The Guardian reports that families of the dead have already received around $90,000 each and they are expected to obtain the rest within weeks.
The money comes from the $24.5 million that was raised after the horrific incident took place at Manchester Arena, where Grande was performing as part of her “Dangerous Woman World Tour.” More than $2 million came from Ariana’s “One Love” benefit concert, which took place in June.
Sue Murphy, chair of the trustees of the fund spoke with TMZ about the distribution of the money. “The payments will ensure the families benefit from the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack,” she said.
According to the report, some of the funds have already been allocated to those who were hospitalized as a result of the terror attack. Murphy is now apparently looking into how to distribute the rest of the money, taking into account different variables.
“There are some grey areas,” Murphy told The Guardian. “For example, people who were quickly discharged from hospital but have since had to return for further operations.”
There are also other factors that will be weighed in. “The trickiest part of it is going to be mental health issues,” she said. “It’s difficult to predict. Some people might not know yet how they are going to be affected in the long term.”
Ariana has become closely linked to England following this attack and her subsequent outreach. After the incident, Grande wrote an emotional letter, announcing her benefit show, which also featured performances by Pharrell, Miley Cyrus, Mac Miller, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, and The Black Eyed Peas.
“We will never be able to understand why events like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we shouldn’t recoil,” she wrote. “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”
According to The Guardian‘s latest report, a new fund will be launched to pay for a memorial for the bombing victims. Some have suggested this could be a statue of Grande, while others have recommended a garden filled with flowers that attract bees, Manchester’s civic symbol.