A fundraising event for females’s charities in celebration of Sarah Everard, whose body was discovered on Friday after she vanished in London more than a week ago, has raised more than ₤ 200,000 because its launch on Saturday morning.
The fundraiser was organised by Reclaim These Streets, after the cancellation of its in-person vigil for Everard over disputes with authorities about the legality and security of the gathering. It was gone for 7.15 am on Saturday, and had actually raised an impressive ₤ 203,432 by the early afternoon.
The group aims to raise ₤ 320,000, representing the ₤ 10,000 fine each female arranging was threatened with across the 32 locations where in-person vigils were planned.
Talking to the Guardian, organiser Caitlin Prowle said the group was “thrilled” and “could not be more grateful for all the assistance”.
” This is cash that would have happened negatively, through fines for organisers. To be able to raise it in this alternative favorable method is fantastic. We hope it’ll climb even further,” she stated.
In a tweet announcing the landmark passing of ₤ 100,000, Reclaim These Streets stated it was “definitely overloaded by the quantity of support you have all shown today”.
In a statement on the JustGiving page, the group said: “We do not want to see hundreds of thousands of pounds contributed to a system that consistently fails to keep women safe– either in public spaces or in the personal privacy of their houses. Women’s rights are too crucial.
” Instead, we are setting up a fundraising event to raise the money we would have been accountable for in fines to donate to supporting women’s causes around the nation instead. We will likewise be contributing the remaining funds of our legal expenses crowdfunder to this charitable fund. Our goal is ₤ 320,000 which is ₤ 10,000 for each place where vigils were anticipated to go ahead,” it stated.
The Labour MP Jess Philips has been among those vocally supporting the fundraising event.
” Females arranging to raise each other up, these women are incredible. Help them if you can,” she tweeted, sharing the group’s charity event.