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Over £500,000 raised for family of policeman killed in Westminster attack

24 Mar 2017 News

Screenshot of the JustGiving page for PC Keith Palmer

A JustGiving page set up in the memory of PC Keith Palmer who was killed in the attack on Westminster on Wednesday has now raised over £500,000.

According to a statement from JustGiving made yesterday afternoon, the page set-up on Thursday morning by the Metropolitan Police Federation to raise money in memory of slain policeman Keith Palmer, raised over £100,000 by yesterday afternoon, making it the fastest growing JustGiving crowdfunding page in the oganisation’s history.

As of 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, the page has now raised over £520,048 from 24,945 supporters. According to JustGiving, at its peak, the page had 11,000 active users giving £417 per minute from over 50 countries around the world. 

JustGiving issued a statement yesterday afternoon, which said: “The JustGiving page set up to support the family of PC Keith Palmer, the Metropolitan Police officer who was fatally stabbed in yesterday’s tragic terror attack at Westminster, has now raised over £100,000 with donations continuing to flood in. This page, which was set up by the Metropolitan Police Federation, is now the fastest growing JustGiving crowdfunding page in history.

“The crowdfunding page, which went live at 9:13am on 23 March, reached its £100,000 target in just over six hours with donations from over 5,500 members of the public. JustGiving has also made a donation of £10,000 in solidarity with their community’s efforts.”

Ken Marsh, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: "The entire police family is in mourning at his death, and this memorial fund enables people to donate in Keith's memory. He was simply doing his job."

The Federation have said that the family of PC Palmer will “decide how the fund will be spent”.

A seperate fundraising page has been set up by Muslim's United for London on digital giving platform Launchgood, to raise money "to support the London attack victims and their families". It has so far raised over £20,000. 

Over £10,000 raised for London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance has also seen a spike in donations for its services, after one of its aircraft responded to the incident taking place in Westminster yesterday afternoon.

The charity has received more than £10,000 in donations in the 24 hours since the attack in Westminster.

Gareth Davies, medical director of the London’s Air Ambulance charity, said: “We would also like to thank the members of the public and medical professionals who showed courage and strength by rallying together to help in what must have been the most frightening ordeal.

“We have been blown away by the generosity of Londoners who have, in less than 24 hours, donated £10,000 to the London’s Air Ambulance charity. Thank you.

"We are a service for Londoners, funded by Londoners.  London is a great city and we all stand together, especially in difficult times."

An RNLI lifeboat based on the Thames in Central London also responded to the incident in Westminster. In a brief statement issued yesterday, the charity said the lifeboat was “requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 14.45 and again at 15:55. It has now returned to the lifeboat station".

Editor's note: This story was first published on Thursday afternoon, when the page for PC Keith Palmer had passed the £100,000 mark. As of 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, the total passed £400,000. As of 12:30 p.m. the figure has now passed £500,000. 


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