Help for Heroes rejects EDL donation cash

May 29, 2013 4:09 pm 0 comments Views: 69

Armed forces charity says donations from EDL leader Tommy Robinson will be refunded in line with non-political stance

EDL leader Tommy RobinsonTommy Robinson addresses English Defence League supporters near Downing Street on ‘a day of respect for our armed forces’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Forces charity Help for Heroes has announced that it will not accept any donations raised by the leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson.

The EDL leader started fundraising following last week’s murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, but a spokesman for Help for Heroes said the Just Giving page set up by Robinson would be closed down and all donations would be refunded.

The charity will check for any further donations from EDL members and said they would not accept any donations from the group.

A Help for Heroes spokesman said: “He is the only one that has come to our attention but tonight we will be doing a cross-count to make sure that anyone else saying they are EDL will not be allowed to fundraise for us.

“It is the same for any political party, we do not allow political fundraising. As a charity, we are non-political.”

Robinson’s Just Giving page shows that the EDL leader has raised more than £3,300 so far and was aiming to raise £5,000 with a sponsored walk across London.

On the page, Robinson wrote: “On Saturday the 29th June I am going to walk from Westminster in West London to Woolwich in East London (Just over 17 miles) to lay a wreath in support of our troops (Lee Rigby RIP). I plan to raise as much money as possible for Help for Heroes.

“As you can probably tell the last time I exercised was at school, I think a 17 mile walk might be end of me! The chance of me popping my clogs due to my fitness or the likely threat I will have from the religion of peace throughout the route might even tempt David Cameron and the rest of his weak leadership to sponsor me on the off chance that this was to happen!”

Earlier on Monday, more than 1,000 far-right supporters gathered outside Downing Street, where Robinson addressed the crowd.

The EDL demonstrators chanted “Muslim killers off our streets” and “There’s only one Lee Rigby” as they marched through London.

Robinson told the demonstration: “This is a day of respect for our armed forces”, and “They’ve had their Arab spring. This is time for the English spring.”

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