The Big Ben must bong for Brexit campaign

Under Article 50, by law, the United Kingdom will formally leave the European Union at 11pm GMT on Friday 31 January. This means that those who wish to celebrate this historic moment will need to look to a clock to mark the time (exactly as on New Year's Eve). The natural choice for this would be Big Ben but because it is currently undergoing refurbishment, special measures would have to be put in place, which could cost up to £500,000. The aim of this campaign is to raise this money by public donation, so that Big Ben can chime to mark this momentous occasion. 

However, because there is a lead time to make the necessary preparations, we would need to raise this amount by this weekend. 

We are confident of doing so but, if for any reason we fall short of the £500,000 target, the fund will be donated to Help for Heroes. Similarly if we exceed the target any surplus will also be donated to the same charity.

For transparency, there is a 2.9% payment processing fee (which would total slightly under £15,000 for the entire fund) + 25p per individual donation. You can also leave GoFundMe a tip when donating if you wish, but this is entirely optional. 

In summary, however you may have voted in the Referendum, this unique moment is unlikely ever to be repeated and if you would like to see it marked by the chiming of the most iconic timepiece in the world, please donate now. 

Yours faithfully, 

Rebecca Ryan, founder of #StandUp4Brexit and Mark Francois MP


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    • 4 yrs

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