The RNLI - which is made up of a network of the UK’s volunteer lifeboats - has said much of the support has come from online donations - which have risen by 50 per cent over the past year,The Guardian reported.
This just goes to show how defiant the public are when it comes to annoying Nigel Farage.
The charity then received more money when Simon Harris, who also runs the popular Facebook page “Men Behaving Dadly”, created a GoFundMe page with the aim to buy a new life-saving hovercraft and name it the “Flying Farage” to troll the GB News broadcaster.
Hi Nigel. I was wondering why donations to my fundraiser were going through the roof, and then I noticed that you g… https://t.co/tJRVDwkSVH
— Simon Harris - #LovelyBitOfSquirrel (@Simon Harris - #LovelyBitOfSquirrel)
He said: “All the hard left are the ones saying ‘we must crowdfund, we must help, we must buy a new lifeboat and name it after Farage’ and all the rest of it. Well, even if £200,000 has been raised since this so-called row began, it doesn’t really help very much because the daily running cost is £440,000.”
Guess you could say Nigel Farage was inadvertently and ironically the RNLI’s biggest fundraiser...
But despite these attacks, their efforts have backfired since as well as being on their way to smashing the annual fundraising total, the RNLI’s fundraising director Jayne George told The Guardian that their supporter database has also increased to 300,000 that they keep in touch with.
“We’ve had a better response to almost everything that we’ve done in 2021. At the end of the year, we’re going to have more members, we’re going to have more cash donors and more people who give to us via direct debit,” she told the same publication.
In response to the news that the RNLI is on its way to breaking its fundraising record since it was founded in 1824, people on Twitter were delighted at the good news.
Many thanks to @Nigel_Farage and those of his ilk, whose tireless ‘campaigning’ helped make this happen.