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£40,000 Raised Towards Vessel ‘The Flying Farage’ for the RNLI

Sun Aug 08 2021

A new campaign has been launched to persuade the RNLI to name their latest boat the Flying Farage

Simon Harris, who runs popular Facebook page “Men Behaving Dadly”, set up a GoFundMe after the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) was accused of “running a migrant taxi service”.

In the description of the fundraiser, Harris wrote:

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I am trying to raise enough money to buy a new lifesaving hovercraft and I would like it to be called ‘The Flying Farage.’ I feel that this would be incredibly appropriate due to Mr. Farage taking such an active interest in the RNLI’s activities right now.

Simon Harris

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Donators to the GoFundMe are very onboard with the reasons for the drive, with one person commenting: “The RNLI is a wonderful humanitarian organisation with heroic volunteers. Farage should praise it, not insult it,”.

RNLI’s chief executive Mark Dowie has been fighting back against negative comments by politicians, citing pride in the important work the charity does and will continue to do.

Like how we pointed out with rage donations, the charity has been inundated with new donors and new volunteer sign ups. Jayne George, RNLI fundraising marketing and media director said the following:

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We are overwhelmed with the huge level of support we have received from our amazing supporters in the last couple of days.

Jayne George, RNLI Fundraising Marketing and Media Director

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The funds raised so far have totalled £40,000 of its £100, 000 target from nearly 30 donors. He has stated plans for the leftover money, should there be any. Ideas include: a pint of real English ale to smash the front in the naming ceremony, or a second vessel named ‘The Hovering Hopkins’ – a reference to more vocal voices in the row over the rescue work the RNLI undertake.

In any case, having more vessels in the water is one of the better outcomes to ask for in the light of the debacle.

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