Charity rejects EDL fundraising

Forces charity Help For Heroes has announced they will not accept any donations raised by EDL members including leader Tommy Robinson.

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Help For Heroes is 'a non-political organisation'

Help For Heroes has said it will not accept money from anyone donating to the charity "to promote their own political agenda".

A statement said this was because Help for Heroes "is a non-political organisation".

This evening, working with the assistance of JustGiving, we closed down a fundraising account which we believe the English Defence League intended to use to donate money to H4H.

We acted swiftly to achieve this, and would like to make it clear that we will not accept donations from organisations who attempt to use Help for Heroes to promote their own political agenda.

Like everyone, we were shocked by the murder in Woolwich. Like everyone, we just want to help our wounded servicemen, women, veterans and their families.

We hope that everyone who cares passionately about this important issue shows that support in a unified and dignified way.

– help for heroes statement

Help For Heroes to reject any funds raised by EDL

Tommy Robinson's JustGiving page had raised £3,334.67 by Monday evening. Credit: justgiving.com

Forces charity Help For Heroes has announced they will not accept any donations raised by the leader of the English Defence League (EDL) 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 Mr 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's the only one that's come to our attention but tonight we'll be doing a cross-count to make sure that anyone else that's saying they're EDL will not be allowed to fundraise for us.

"It's the same for any political party, we don't allow political fundraising. As a charity, we're non-political."

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Help For Heroes 'will not accept EDL leader's donations'

Forces charity Help For Heroes will not accept donations raised by Tommy Robinson, leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy said.

It is thought that Drummer Lee Rigby was wearing a Help For Heroes t-shirt or sweatshirt when he was murdered in Woolwich last Wednesday.

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