Tommy Robinson Just Giving page

UPDATE: The little girl won’t lose out — the charity are reimbursing the EDL money for her campaign from the charity’s central funds. Full statement below.

One of the UK’s leading children’s cancer charities are refunding money donated by EDL supporters after leader Tommy Robinson used the plight of a two year-old girl as a political cover for far-right activities.

As reported by Scrapbook this week, Robinson and his fellow leader Kevin Carroll planned to march past the East London Mosque towards the scene of Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich — under the pretext that they were raising money for a child suffering from Neuroblastoma.

Robinson even attempted to link the girl’s plight with immigration:

“There’s over 80 million people registered on the NHS in this country [sic] and there’s only 60 million people in this country. So we have NHS tourists coming in and using our NHS and we have English girls not getting funded to save their lives.”

With an ongoing programme of fundraising activities planned by the EDL, the Neuroblastoma Cancer Children’s Alliance (NCCA UK) clearly thought better of becoming the official charity of the far-right group. The NCCA become the second charity to reject EDL donations after Help For Heroes refused money in the wake of the murder of Lee Rigby.

You can make an EDL-free donation to the appeal by clicking here.

UPDATE: Full statement from NCCA UK

“The Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance is politically neutral and, as such, is not associated with the EDL and its fundraising activities.   Ultimately, it is our goal to prevent families like Amelia-Mae’s being in the position of having to fundraise desperately to pay for treatment abroad.   The NCCA UK will continue its efforts to help families access available treatment while making more options available here in the UK through its INBRC research collaborative.   The NCCA UK has offered to reimburse Amelia-Mae’s appeal with the money raised by by Tommy Robinson so far (£5798.87) from the charity’ general funds.”

  1. And what of the further money that would have been raised? I believe 6k was raised in just 3 day. By my maths, whoever effected the pulling of this appeal should be paying 2k a day to this cause until the 250k has been achieved. If they are not doing that, then yes, the little girl has very much lost out!

  2. Prits – go back to the EDL and stop bothering intelligent people – Tommy aka whatever his name is this week was never going to raise 250k – he is a sick b***** using a little girl as cover

  3. Tony. I am in no way associated with the EDL. (Prits short for Pritesh. Clues in the title)

    Please use you intelligence to read what I have written again.

    There are multiple appeals all feeding in to a total sort after amount of 250k.
    Tommys was feeding that target at a rate of 2k a day. He did not need to fund the 250k in total, just form a part of that total..

    That 2k a day will now be lost and that is directly because of people like you who are happy to see a child’s life hang in the balance because of an agenda.

    And please. If you are going to try and insult a persons intelligence at least do so intelligently.

  4. I can see prits’ point. Evil as the EDL are, this girl could lose out. I suggest we share this and get as many donations as we can.

  5. How many people would stop or refuse to be seen contributing to a “racist charity such as the NCCA UK would be seen to be if the EDL had adopted it as their charity. Even in his walk he deliberately chooses to pass Woolwich Moqsue deliberate incitement. He also equates immigration with lack of funding. The NCCA were right to return the funds and would probably have lost a lot more in donations had they accepted.

  6. If Stephen Lennon had simply directed EDL supporters to donate directly to the page that was already set up none of this circus would ever have happened. He still could do that now and then this little girl wouldn’t lose out at all. If it’s not all about him and his own self publicity, he’ll do the decent thing and encourage his supporters to do just that.

  7. Hi Cammille
    Having looked at his twitter feed I think that is what he is doing now.

    @Ray, Sorry pure speculation. Do you honestly believe that people could watch that poor girls video and then not donate because another party has attached themselves to it? As the human race I don’t believe we are that callous.
    The way I see it, the guy has an awful lot of followers on twitter and therefore has a voice to influence donations. I believe that that would by far out way the callus few that would do otherwise. I think it’s a shame that you, the charity and those that influenced the charity’s discussion have that little faith in human nature.

  8. Prits, then if that is what he is now doing, then all is well, isn’t it? After all it is the little girl that is the most important pwerson in all this, not Tommy Robinson.

    He should have kept his politics out of it. He was going to walk through an area which is inhabited by those that he has targeted for over 4 years now with his street thugs, he was only doing this to bait them into a response or a retaliation, so he could then claim it as proof of how bad these people are attacking him when he is working so hard for charity.

    He did not need to do the walk at all, nvermind the route he chose, to raise money for a charity. He was using this tragic girls situation, just as he used Lee Rigby and tried to use many others who have fallen on hard times.

    He is a cold hearted publicity whor and on one long permanent grief tour

  9. Whilst Tommy Robinson was quick to point to government expenditures that would have paid for this girls treatment, he failed to point out that the policing bill alone, if he had gone ahead with his petty political walk, would have paid for the entire treatment.

  10. Slevdi Davoteca says:

    It is common knowledge that policing EDL events is now about protecting the EDL supporters from UAF thugs. Just look at the recent videos On YouTube to see the proof of this.

    So the policing costs are the result of the UAF not he EDL.

  11. Slevdi, that is a ridiculous claim in many ways. Not that I am a supporter of UAF at all, they are as bad as EDL in many ways, but they only turn out to oppose EDL at events/marches/demos that EDL have arranged themselves in the first place.

    I am a firm believer in freedom of speech, which is why I oppose UAF action, but freedom of speech comes with responsibility and it is not freedom to abuse others or stir up racial hatred, by attacking all muslims withing speeches and holding a lighter to a quran on stage, shouting over the mic “send all the black c*nts home”, attacking mosques, the list could go on for ever of reasons why Police have to be so solid at EDL demos.

    I have seen EDL in my home Town, actively roaming the streets in gangs looking for muslims or ‘lefties’ to attack, rather than even listed to their own speeches. I saw them side by side with NF on 2 occasions and 100 of them attacking 5 young lads in Newcastle, even throwing lit fireworks at them.

  12. @ Toon

    Thank you for your question and your, albeit irrelevant, scathing analysis of Tommy Robinson. I am curious as to where you have read anything I have written suggesting the opposite of what you have said with regard his motivation? Personally however,since you’ve asked. I am not him. I wouldn’t like to presume to know what his reasoning behind doing the walk was. But, as you say, its about the little girl. looking at the bigger picture I don’t believe it matters either way what his intentions were.

    Addressing your question that would it not have been just as beneficial for him to tell people of the charity page and not do the sponsored walk. Then some would argue that no, it wouldn’t. Reasoning that some people would sponsor him for the very reasons you detest him. That it is him. Rather than a charity he has pointed them toward. Same way people buy celebrity endorsed products or you sponsor your mate for doing something for this or that charity event. There are many arms feeding this one cause. All set up independently of the main cause page, but feed to it. So why haven’t those people just suggested people donate directly? Why do so many people do the ‘Race for life event’ When it all just goes to the same place. Why do sponsored anythings even exist?

    People may well have been donating to Robinson not despite but because of their political view. For me, as I’m sure for the little girls parents…..That money…..Any money …Is just fine.

    So will the girl get as much money from Tommy continuing to point people to the main charity page instead of allowing him to keep his own page active? Perhaps…Perhaps not….But working on perhaps is, in this case, not good enough for shutting a proven funding source.

  13. @Toon
    “the policing bill alone, if he had gone ahead with his petty political walk, would have paid for the entire treatment”
    Do you think that would have made any difference? How have you contributed to save this young childs life apart from your trolling here?

    “he was only doing this to bait them into a response or a retaliation”
    You really have no idea do you. If believe that any aggression that ensued from his walk would be his own fault you are obviously delusional and anything you say should be treated as such.

  14. @ Toon

    Thank you for your question and your, albeit irrelevant, scathing analysis of Tommy Robinson. I am curious as to where you have read anything I have written suggesting the opposite of what you have said with regard his motivation? Personally however,since you’ve asked. I am not him. I wouldn’t like to presume to know what his reasoning behind doing the walk was. But, as you say, its about the little girl. looking at the bigger picture I don’t believe it matters either way what his intentions were.

    Addressing your question that would it not have been just as beneficial for him to tell people of the charity page and not do the sponsored walk. Then some would argue that no, it wouldn’t. Reasoning that some people would sponsor him for the very reasons you detest him. That it is him. Rather than a charity he has pointed them toward. Same way people buy celebrity endorsed products or you sponsor your mate for doing something for this or that charity event. There are many arms feeding this one cause. All set up independently of the main cause page, but feed to it. So why haven’t those people just suggested people donate directly? Why do so many people do the ‘Race for life event’ When it all just goes to the same place. Why do sponsored anythings even exist?

    People may well have been donating to Robinson not despite but because of their political view. For me, as I’m sure for the little girls parents…..That money…..Any money …Is just fine.

    So will the girl get as much money from Tommy continuing to point people to the main charity page instead of allowing him to keep his own page active? Perhaps…Perhaps not….But working on perhaps is, in this case, not good enough for shutting a proven funding source.

  15. Slevdi and DW – Your defence of the EDL as non-violent victims of UAF aggression is laughable. A large number of EDL members have convictions for violent crime (including Robinson himself) and from what I’ve seen they sometimes even turn on eachother for a bit of a scrap at demos when there aren’t any lefties or ethnics to target.

  16. to be fair this time the UAF are in the wrong, Tommy Robinson has planned a walk to raise money for this girl and the UAF have said they want to turn it in to a fight, if it kicks off the EDL will get all the blame because thats how this country has gone but it will be the UAF to blame because they are disturbing a charity walk!! They have no reason to be there… I am not a part of the EDL but surly we can all agree this is a good thing they are doing!

  17. @Prits: There’s no secret that some comments are automatically held for moderation — as they are on newspapers and other blogs (including Guido). If you don’t like it then get your own blog.

  18. @ laurence
    Never commented on this blog before so had no idea. Just going by what it says in the comments policy

    “Comments below articles on Political Scrapbook are unmoderated, which means that they will be publicly viewable as soon as they are posted. ”

    So for it then to be moderated for 24 hours to me looked odd.

    Just a misunderstanding . Apologies if I offended you.

  19. “The Department of Health estimates the cost of writing off unpaid bills for foreign nationals at £11.5m in the year to April 2012, up from £2m in 2002-03. Although Labour tried to reduce health tourism ten years ago, the growth of cheap travel, combined with shorter waiting lists in the wake of a decade of hefty investment in the NHS has, Professor Thomas says, contributed to a steep rise in health tourism. An administrator at an Essex hospital says that the reopening of Southend airport last year brought a rush of maternity patients from Portugal.”

    http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21578707-doctors-fear-health-tourism-nhs-growing-free-all

    But in lala land that can’t possibly be linked to not having enough cash to fund the kind of procedures other European health providers can fund.

  20. The charity probably thought better than get involved, especially as now it looks as a HOAX, with the attack being a set up. You can clearly see on the video the attacker is an EDL member, and the media crew were employed to get footage for publicity. See my video EDL HOAX ATTACK for my full reasoning on the matter. I think it is very bizarre what has happened, and to be honest have laughed quite a lot over it. Hoaxing on an attack like this is possible, though the set up was quite wrong, really poorly planned.

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