Tom Hardy has shown in the past that he’s not afraid to shed his tough guy movie image and with his latest good deed, the actor is giving back to help the people of his homeland.
In the wake of the terror attack at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured 59 more, London-native Hardy launched the Manchester Emergency Fund. Donations to the online fund will benefit the British Red Cross Society and support families and children whose lives were affected by the horrific act.
“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 nights events,” Hardy wrote in a statement posted to his fundraising page at JustGiving.
He continued, “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.
“Terrorism is abhorrent, the killing of innocent families and children unacceptable. And it is with those, the innocent victims and the witnesses of this atrocity that my heartfelt concern and deepest sympathy lies. Please help however you can.”
The Mad Max: Fury Road star had a goal of £15,000 (roughly $19,500 in U.S. dollars). As of this writing, he already surpassed his goal with donations continuing to pour in.
Hardy’s fund is part of similar funds under the British Red Cross Society’s “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.” Within 24 hours of launching, the combined funds totaled £2m (roughly $2.6 million). In the past, Hardy supported charities benefiting the homeless and children, among others.
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