Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Help for Heroes spurns the EDL

The Help for Heroes charity has said it will not accept money raised by English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson.

The multi-million audience of breakfast television today heard Bryn and Emma Parry, founders of the Help for Heroes charity, firmly reject donations from the leader of the English Defence League (EDL). The couple stressed that they are not interested in politics.

A Just Giving website page which Mr Robinson (who also uses the name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and who travelled with a passport under the name of Paul Harris) set up after last week's murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich was shut down after talks between administrators and the Forces charity.

Before it was closed down more than £3,300 had been pledged to the EDL leader, who said he was planning a 17-mile sponsored walk from Westminster to the scene of the killing "to lay a wreath in support of our troops".

According to the Guardian, the Armed forces charity says donations from EDL leader Tommy Robinson will be refunded in line with its non-political stance

According to Metro, co-founders Bryn and Emma Parry said : 

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.
Dignity is not a strong feature of EDL antics.

The fund raising attempts by the convicted criminal Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon/Paul Harris, head of the EDL, smack of cynical exploitation of the tragic murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

The EDL has used this murder to press its hateful agenda of exclusion. 

EDL demonstrations are blighted by drunken violence and racist speeches inciting violence against fellow citizens, punctuated by the occasional Nazi salute.

It is no wonder that a well respected organisation such as the Help for Heroes charity should distance itself from such attempted political opportunism.

Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Paul Harris
in what looks like Army fatigues - is this permitted?


From the H4H site:

Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry who were moved to ‘do their bit’ after a visit to Selly Oak Hospital in 2007.

The message: 
It’s not about the rights and wrongs of war, we just want to support those who serve our country and are injured in doing so.

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