York youngsters who lost their parents in Manchester bomb attack to receive support from public donations

Floral tributes to Angelika and Marcin Klis left outside York Cars Taxis on Blossom Street, where Marcin worked. Photograph: Georgia Simcock
15 Aug 2017 @ 6.51 pm
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The daughters of the York couple who died in the Manchester Arena bombing are among families set to receive financial support from funds donated by the public.

Trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up in the wake of the attack on May 22, is to give £250K to family members of the 22 people who were killed, it was announced today (Tuesday).

Those bereaved have already been able to claim £70,000 from the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. Now they are eligible for a further £180,000.

Among those who died at the attack were Angelika and Marcin Klis, who had gone to the arena to pick up their daughters after the Ariana Grande concert.

The elder daughter Alex, a York College student, and her school-age sister, are among those to receive £250,000 each.

Outpouring of support

Marcin and Angelika Klis, who died in the Manchester bomb attack

The latest round of payments from the fund will mean more than half of the £18m raised by the We Love Manchester Fund will have been distributed, including £3.5m to those injured in the atrocity.

This amazing generosity was mirrored in York. No fewer than five city fundraising campaigns were launched for the bereaved Klis family.

York buskers held a fundraising day, and only last month an event at the Ainsty pub raised more than £9,000.

Chair of the trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, said: “The city and the world responded with such extreme kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.

“Thanks to this we have raised more than £18m and we were conscious that we had to get some of swiftly this to those with immediate needs.”

Having allocated more than half of the existing money, “we will now spend some time looking at how we will distribute the rest of the funds.

“This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack.”