Donations totalling more than £500,000 have been made to a variety of causes in the wake of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Westminster.
The bulk of the donations have been made to a JustGiving page set up by the Metropolitan Police Federation to raise funds for the family of the murdered constable Keith Palmer, which had raised more than £450,000 at the time of publication.
Donations totalling a further £20,000 have been made to London’s Air Ambulance, which attended the scene on Wednesday afternoon.
The charity, which operates London’s two helicopter ambulances, said it was "blown away" to have received so many unsolicited donations in the two days after the attack.
By 10am yesterday, just 19 hours after the attack, London’s Air Ambulance had received £10,000 in donations, and many social media users, including public figures, posted messages encouraging others to support the tragedy.
At the time of publication, a spokeswoman for the charity said it estimated that donations had risen to just above £20,000, but was not yet able to give an official figure.
The Police Dependants’ Trust, which provides support to the families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty, has raised £8,799 through a JustGiving page for the families and friends of PC Palmer and two other officers who were seriously injured in the attack.
A Muslim-led campaign called Muslims United for London, has raised £20,616 of a £30,000 target on the giving platform LaunchGood, having already exceeded previous targets of £10,000 and £20,000.
Dr Gareth Davies, medical director of London’s Air Ambulance and a consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, said the charity had been "blown away by the generosity of Londoners".
He thanked all the members of the charity’s team who were involved, directly or indirectly, in responding to the incident alongside the London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.
"We are a service for Londoners, funded by Londoners," he said. "London is a great city and we all stand together, especially in difficult times."
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