Actor Tom Hardy has joined the many showing their support for victims of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester.
The bombing occurred Monday night at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert, and left 22 dead and 59 injured. Those killed in the attack include a 15-year old concertgoer, a 29-year old public relations manager, an active duty police officer, and four parents who were waiting to pick their children up after the concert. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, and the U.K. has since been put on critical alert.
In the wake of the tragedy, Hardy has started a “Manchester Emergency Fund” on JustGiving, with the hope of raising £15,000 for the British Red Cross Society. The campaign is already more than halfway to meeting its goal, as of Wednesday afternoon.
On his fundraising page, Hardy wrote, “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. 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.”
Hardy labeled the attack a “cruel cowardly and barbaric, meaningless act of violence” and acknowledged that the road to recovery is “unimaginable” before concluding, “Terrorism is abhorrent, the killing of innocent families and children unacceptable. And it is with those, the innocent victims and the witnesses of the atrocity that my heartfelt concern and deepest sympathy lies.”
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