Online Community Raises Thousands For Family Of YouTube Fan Killed In Manchester Attack
23 May 2017, 15:32
Georgina Callander was a dedicated YouTube fan.
A handful of creators from the YouTube community have banded together in support and solidarity; as it was revealed a long-time fan was one of the identified victims of last night's devastating Manchester attack. An unidentified suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59 others after Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester arena on Monday night.
Georgina Callander, 18, was the first victim identified in the Manchester attack.
As well as a student of health and social care at Runshaw College, Gina was an avid fan of many actors, musicians and YouTubers; but not only that, had also met and taken photos with many familiar faces.
Many creators are now paying tribute to Gina, with photos they had taken together in the past.
So sad to hear about this RIP Gina pic.twitter.com/d20Vcmog8K— Joe Sugg (@Joe_Sugg) May 23, 2017
just found out. sending love to Gina's friends, family, & community - what a tragic loss. rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/lrGsnqUJhE— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) May 23, 2017
This breaks our hearts. GINA pic.twitter.com/PMsDKU6BiD— LUCYΛNDLYDIΛ (@LucyAndLydia) May 23, 2017
rest in peace :"( I love you <3333 https://t.co/UUjxplfpHK— dodie (@doddleoddle) May 23, 2017
As a result, Luke Cutforth has launched a fundraiser to support Gina's family.
By working together with Dodie Clark, and with the approval of Gina's family, Luke has set up a GoFundMe page; with the intent to "help towards the funeral and memorial costs, and to give them time to greive [sic]."
"Gina enjoyed the content that my friend Dodie (and others) put out," explains the page. "And we decided to use our audience to help her family through this hard time."
But in just a few hours, the GoFundMe has reached over half of its Ł10,000 goal.
So many fellow fans and creators have shared and donated; to the point where, at the time of writing, Luke and Dodie have raised over Ł5,300 for Gina's family.
While the world continues to mourn each new name identified today, it's somewhat reassuring to see the creator community remain as united as ever in the face of tragedy.
Finally, if you are in Manchester or wish to help in any other way, the list of resources below is being shared across social media.