Family of crying German girl at heart of online appeal has been found
The family of a crying German girl at the heart of an online appeal has been found, and the tens of thousands raised are going to a charity of the family’s choice.
Wales football supporter Joel Hughes launched a fund for the little girl after she was cruelly mocked following England’s victory over Germany at Wembley.
The JustGiving page has so far raised over £36,000 and it has been revealed that the money will now be donated to UNICEF.
Joel, who started the fundraiser with a £500 target, said he did it to “to show this little German supporter that not everyone in the UK is horrible”
The family said: “In the interests of our daughter and our family we would like to remain private however we wish to thank everyone for your amazing support.
“Our daughter would like to request your generous donations go to UNICEF, knowing that your kindness will do good.”
“It is testament to the family’s spirit of kindness and belief that society is better when people are kinder to one another, that they have extremely generously chosen to donate this gift in its entirety to UNICEF.
“As a result, the legacy of the support from thousands of donors is that thousands of children from around the world will benefit through UNICEF’s work.
“None of this would have been possible without the actions of one man taking a stand against hate in football.
“Thanks to Joel, thousands of people from across the UK and Germany were able to show their support for the campaign and for fans from across the other side of the pitch.”
Joel added: “I am beyond grateful to all the supporters of this campaign without whose help we would not be where we are today – from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!
“Thanks also to all the warm messages of support from around the UK, Europe, and as far away as Japan. Huge thanks to the JustGiving team for all their invaluable help, and to UNICEF as the worthy charity chosen by the family.
“Finally, I would like to give special thanks to the family at the heart of this campaign. Their grace, courage, and generosity is an inspiration.”