A SPOOF appeal to raise money to cover the £324,000 estimated cost of Katie Hopkins’ court costs following a libel ruling, has raised over £18,000 for a food bank charity.
Katie Hopkins will have to pay £24,000 to Jack Monroe after being found to have defamed the Leigh-on-Sea food blogger and poverty campaigner in two May 2015 tweets from her personal account.
With legal costs, the outspoken Daily Mail columnist could end up paying a further £300,000.
Following this decision last Friday, entertainment based fake news site Southend News Network the next day set up a JustGiving page with the title ‘Help raise enough money for Katie Hopkins’ legal fees and libel damages’, but all the money donated will go to food bank charity The Trussell Trust.
Within just 12 hours of going live £6,000 had been donated, and as of yesterday lunchtime the total stood at over £18,300, including Gift Aid.
A spokesperson for the Southend News Network said: “Like most other Southend News Network projects, it started as a bit of a joke and just exploded. Naturally I’m chuffed for The Trussell Trust as they are an amazing cause! This was yet another example of satire transforming into half-satire/half-reality.”
The site is known for publishing satirical fake news stories, with the JustGiving page stating: “Having to find such an enormous sum of money could jeopardise Katie’s glittering career in journalism, and we are not prepared to sit here and watch her disappear from our screens and newspapers!”
Hopkins herself even fell for one of these stories, when in July 2016 she announced live on her radio show that the M25 would be closed for a week to stage an endurance race.
She was seemingly again duped by the site with this fundraising appeal, describing it as fraudulent in a twitter post. She later deleted this tweet and apologised.
To donate to the cause and support the Trussell Trust, who in 2015/16 gave over 1.1m three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/justiceforkatiehopkins