Help for Heroes website inundated after Woolwich murder

Thousands visit the charity's site after the fatal attack on Drummer Lee Rigby, who was wearing one of the charity's T-shirts when he was killed

Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes

The website of the forces charity Help for Heroes has been inundated with visitors after the murder of a serving soldier in London on Wednesday.

The charity replaced its home page with a holding page yesterday after thousands of people visited the site in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt when he was attacked in Woolwich, south-east London.  

A statement on the page says thousands of people have visited the site to donate or buy H4H T-shirts. "We are working hard to respond to this level of activity," it says. "Please help by being patient."

The charity asks people to donate through its website, by telephone, text message or post, or to email it to buy T-shirts.

A spokeswoman for H4H declined to comment on the number of visitors it had to its site or on the number of donations it had received after the murder.

In a statement, the charity said it was appalled to hear of the murder. "We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends."

The former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan called on Twitter for a "Help for Heroes honour day" on which people would wear H4H T-shirts to work. His tweet has been retweeted almost 2,000 times.


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