The Help For Heroes website temporarily crashed within hours of the Woolwich killing as a campaign got under way to show solidarity with the victim by donating to the military charity.
The Help For Heroes website temporarily crashed within hours of the Woolwich killing.
The charity said the site had been innnundated with traffic after news broke that the victim, believed to be a serving soldier, had been wearing one of its T-shirts.
As news of the killing quickly spread on social media, there were calls for people to visit the site to donate, or buy T-shirts or other merchandise as a show of support.
The site’s shop quickly crashed and parts were still out of action on Thursday morning. A spokesman said: “Last night with the website, there was clearly a lot of interest.”
The charity, which raises money to provide better care for members of the Armed Forces wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is now braced for a surge in donations, though said figures for the increase would take several days to collate.
On Twitter, many people said they would wear Help For Heroes T-shirts to work or hold fundraising events for the charity.
Michael Vaughan, former England cricket captain, said: “Let’s get it trending… #HelpforHeroeshonourday. May 22nd… All wear Help for Heroes t-shirts to work.”
Another user said: “Just brought a Help for Heroes Tee Shirt to wear in memory of the soldier murdered in Woolwich. Anyone out there care to join me?”
A statement from the charity said: “Help for Heroes is appalled to hear that a man, believed to be a serving soldier, has been brutally murdered in Woolwich. We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends.â€
Woolwich attack: Help For Heroes website crashes as thousands try to donate
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