The British Red Cross Society is the United Kingdom body of the worldwide neutral and impartial humanitarian network the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The society was formed in 1870, and is a registered charity with more than 32,500 volunteers and 3,500 staff. At the heart of their work is providing help to people in crisis, both in the UK and overseas. The Red Cross is committed to helping people without discrimination, regardless of their ethnic origin, nationality, political beliefs or religion.
Ariana Grande had just left the stage at Manchester Arena on 22 May when a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in the foyer, killing 22 people and injuring 116 others. She left the UK "broken, from the bottom of my heart" and could have been forgiven for hiding herself away and not leaving the house, especially after terrorists attacked London on Saturday night. Instead, the 23-year-old American was back in Manchester on June 4, headlining a benefit show for 50,000 fans at Old Trafford cricket ground, just two miles away from the arena. It was no ordinary gig. Wearing a sweat shirt graffitied with the legend One Love Manchester, she fought back tears and played all her hits - on the orders of the mother of Olivia Campbell, who died in the arena attack aged just 15. Solidarity was a key theme. Robbie Williams, once of the Manchester band Take That, changed the lyrics of his 1998 hit, Strong, so the chorus went: "Manchester, we're strong, we're stro-ong, we're stro-o-o-ong."
Artists and songwriters from one of the biggest music companies in the world, EMI, have united for an incredible worldwide celebrity charity auction of personal items and memorabilia to raise funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world's biggest stars, including Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, George Harrison, Darius Rucker, John Lennon, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Celtic Woman, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rosanne Cash, Daft Punk, Herbert Grönemeyer, Angela Gheorghiu, Keith Urban, Good Charlotte and The Beatles.
All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be used for the on-going provision of immediate relief to support the affected population during their recovery. EMI Group has committed to match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros. Other artists taking part include Beastie Boys, Melanie C, Kenny Rogers, Robbie Williams, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, David Bowie and many more.