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Brand gives takings to Manchester victims

Press Association logoPress Association 24/05/2017 Joe Nerssessian

Russell Brand has donated the proceeds of a stand-up gig to victims of the Manchester bombing.

The comedian took to the stage in Southport a day after the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night which left 22 people dead.

His donation will be made through anti-Islamophobia organisation, Mend, which is fundraising to help the families of victims of the attack, a representative confirmed.

"We have worked with Russell before and he contacted us saying he wanted to donate the proceedings of the gig to our Just Giving fund," CEO of Mend, Dr Shazad Amin, said.

"He wanted to make a gesture. It's in his nature to want to help."

On Tuesday, Brand posted a lengthy message on Instagram urging people to "stay true to love and try to be strong and kind".

"There will always be people in the world that find a flag under which to this express unfathomable cruelty," he added.

"I cannot understand it. There are too many things I love to abandon my life to hatred, starting with my girlfriend and daughter all the way to places I've been and unthinkingly enjoyed, like Manchester."

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