Fundraising page for PC Palmer topped its target of £250k in 12 hours
The Metropolitan Police Federation set up the crowdfunding page for PC Keith Palmer on Thursday morning. Hours later, their appeal had smashed its 30-day target of £250,000.
PC Palmer, 48, was one of four victims of the terror attack on Wednesday which left 40 injured, 29 of whom were taken to hospital.
Stephen Redgewell, who set up the page, said: "A quick thank you for all of you that have made your generous gifts in memory of Keith.
"It is heart warming to see the messages that have been posted and those that have chosen not to post a message, the gift alone speaks a thousand words.”
Generous contributors left emotional messages on the crowdfunding page as they made donations to the fund.
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Sean Dennis said: “Thank you for your service PC Palmer. May God rest your soul. Condolences to your family & friends from former Londoners living in Canada.”
Monica Bhattacharya said: “Thank you for your fearless service, protecting the city without recognition and without adequate means for defending yourself. Best wishes to your family, especially your children.”
Dozens of other pages have been set up in the wake of the attack with one fund – created to support all the victims of the atrocity – passing the £15,000 mark.
Khalid Masood, 52, an ex-convict from Birmingham, mowed pedestrians down on Westminster Bridge, before storming through the gates outside the Palace of Westminster and stabbing PC Palmer.
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Jeremy Corbyn went to Parliament to pay his respects
Theresa May told MPs, Masood had been previously known to MI5: “Some years ago, he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic – he was not part of the current intelligence picture.”