BNP to continue charity fundraising

Far-right party plans to raise cash for Help for Heroes, following its controversial donation to the Royal British Legion

The British National Party has pledged to carry on fundraising for charities, despite controversy surrounding its recent donation to the Royal British Legion.

BBC Online reported on Friday that the legion had accepted a donation from a BNP member who had raised money by sleeping rough in a cardboard box.

And the BNP plans to auction two signed Andy McNab books to generate funds for Help for Heroes, which said it was a non-political charity "only concerned with providing direct, practical support for our wounded servicemen and women", and would accept the donation.

But another charity, Veterans Scotland, said it could not accept money from the BNP because "many of our veterans fought in a major world war against a fascist regime".

A BNP spokesman told Third Sector it was a patriotic party and many local groups organised charity collections or events.

"We will continue to raise money for charities," he said.

"If they don't want the money, that's really sad. People know they are not giving money to the BNP; they are giving it to charity.

"We are not a fascist party; we are a patriotic party."

No one at the legion was available for comment.

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