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CORONAVIRUS: Borough council fundraiser raises ZERO for good causes

Tuesday 9th June 2020

A COUNCIL based crowdfunding drive to help vulnerable people in the coronavirus crisis has collapsed having raised nothing.
Maidstone Cares was launched at the end of April to help a number of local good causes including a food bank, the Salvation Army and the Heart of Kent Hopsice.
On Spacehive, Maidstone Borough Council set a modest target of £10,931 but raised just £3,716.
This total included £1,000 from the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Marion Ring and Tory councillors Cllr Wendy Young (£200) and Cllr Jonathan Purle (£211).
Because the Liberal Democrat-led authority failed to hit the pledge target, no one has to pay out and the campaign raised nothing for its intended good causes.
An MBC insider said: "It was disappointing. But there were lots of people out there trying to raise cash for good causes and getting loads of great publicity, so maybe our campaign just couldn't cut through."