Organisers of the appeal to create a lasting memorial to Michael Foot are praising the generosity of donors as over £10,000 has been raised since the centenary celebrations of Michael Foot’s birth on 23 July.
Donations have been made online from people across the UK, with a number of donations coming on the back of widespread coverage of the 100th anniversary of Michael Foot’s birth. Small donations have continued to arrive at the city council from individuals, trade unions and groups across the country. But the appeal has also been boosted by two large private donations from individuals accounting for the bulk of the £15,000 raised in the three weeks.
One individual, wishing to remain anonymous at present donated over £5,000 to the appeal having been inspired by a chance encounter with Michael Foot in his youth. He is now a successful writer.
Peter Jones, chairman of the Appeal said: “The generosity of individuals and groups has been staggering. We are now very close to reaching enough funds for work to begin on the memorial. It is a very exciting time. We’re especially grateful to those people who have dug deep in their pockets to donate. We’ve been speaking to a number of individuals in recent weeks about sizeable donations and to receive a donation of £5,000 from one individual is simply game-changing for the appeal.”
Luke Pollard, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, and a fellow member of the Appeal added: “The 100th anniversary of Michael’s birth gave so many people a chance to remember his contributions to Plymouth, politics and journalism.
“We’ve been so encouraged by people going out of their way to make donations large and small. Everyone involved in the Memorial Appeal will now be working flat out to ensure we have a memorial worthy of Michael Foot unveiled in this special anniversary year.”
(from a press release)