Online fundraising initiatives spring up in wake of riots

16 Aug 2011 News

The fundraising response to the riots which spread from London last week has already begun in earnest, with individuals and charities asking for charity donations.

The fundraising response to the riots which spread from London last week has already begun in earnest, with individuals and charities asking for charity donations.

The Capital Community Foundation has attracted more than £13,000 to a fund its set up in the wake of the riots. The ‘We Love London’ Fund is aiming to raise £100,000 which will be distributed in grants to individuals and businesses affected by the unrest in London, and to charities working towards social cohesion in areas where there was turmoil.

The Foundation has set up the fund on JustGiving, which is housing a number of fundraiser-led campaigns to raise money. In a statement accompanying the establishment of the fund, the foundation said “we want this time, after the riots, to be remembered for how local communities rallied together in a positive way”.

One of the larger campaigns run by a non-charity is the RiotRemedy campaign, which aims to raise £8,000 for eight different charities such as YMCA England and Place2B. Clapham resident Heather Taylor set up the RiotRemedy JustGiving page on Friday, which has thus far raised just over £200, following the success of community clean up efforts, fuelled in part by Twitter and the #riotcleanup movement.

Taylor told JustGiving, “After the generosity of everyone who came down to Clapham Junction on Tuesday, I knew we needed to continue these efforts throughout the country. To help keep momentum going, I’ve set up RiotRemedy so people can give to community charities and agencies. As we clean up, we also need to rebuild and look to the future of the communities we live in and love.”

These efforts follow that of the Retail Trust in launching a Twitter campaign to raise money for shops attacked during the violence. 

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