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This week the Daily Mail sent Liz Jones to cover the famine in East Africa. To highlight the sheer crassness of sending someone with such fundamental first world problems I started the @LizJonesSomalia Twitter feed.

 

The account has been an unprecedented success, raising over £20,000 in just 2 and a half days! Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far.

 

Let's keep going. £26,000 will buy a luxury bat sanctuary, and I think we all know how much East Africa needs that right now.

 

Thanks again!

 

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All week we've all had a laugh, we've made fun of Liz Jones and criticised the hell out of her - and we can now make this experience about something more than just a snarky Twitter feed and save some lives, and in the process stick it to a newspaper that thinks Twitter is just for telling people what you had for breakfast.

 

So come on - chuck in £2 for a good cause, or £5, or £10. All money goes directly to the DEC East Africa fund. It's easy, safe and, should you wish, anonymous. Let's turn all the jokes about famines into something positive.

 

Besides, isn't there something perversely brilliant about Liz Jones being sent to Somalia inspiring a charity drive in opposition to her? If that doesn't send her a message about her value as a journalist then nothing will.

 

Full statement.

Raising money for

Disasters Emergency Committee

Disasters Emergency Committee

Charity Registration No. 1062638

At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.

Donations 2200

Donation by Anonymous on 09/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good work.

Donation by Jacqueline Roper on 19/08/11

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Happy to donate money to help Liz Jonesv jump the queue of plebs at the local GP! Much bigger crisis than all this famine nonsense!

Donation by Sophie Bowley-Aicken on 18/08/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good work you/Twitter! Some would say you're flogging a dead horse but personally I'm a big fan ;-)

Donation by Caramel Quin on 17/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done "Liz" for a wonderful effort in aid of a very worthy cause. I think we all owe you a beer, but this donation will have to do!

Donation by Johnny on 17/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good work.

Donation by W Heath on 16/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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apologies I can't give more to this worthy cause - have thoroughly enjoyed reading the fundraising material!

Donation by Lucy Hutcheson-Lovett on 15/08/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by rebecca.albans@redmayne.co.uk Albans on 15/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Katharine Segal on 15/08/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Lucy Williams on 15/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by mark covey on 14/08/11

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Donation by James Smithson on 14/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by K McAuliffe on 13/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Brilliant idea and very much enjoyed following you on Twitter.

Donation by Ruth Livingstone on 13/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done on raising so much, and a thoroughly entertaining Twitter feed.

Donation by Alan Martin on 13/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anon on 13/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Brilliant.

Donation by C Dalloway on 13/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/08/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Surely with this much money, Liz can afford to buy another therapist.

Donation by Charlie Sheens Toupee on 13/08/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Wonderful idea.

Donation by Dianne Murray on 12/08/11

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Oh Liz, how are your cats coping without you?

Donation by Chloe Thomas on 12/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Helen Negri on 10/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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You're ace. I hope you raise one million bucks because this right here is what SM is all about. Good luck!

Donation by Kate Johnson on 10/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Richard Blake on 10/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Michael Doyle on 10/08/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£24,562.41
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£24,562.41
  • Gift Aid£5,336.28

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