Wales fan raises over £1000 for crying German girl mocked online ‘to show her not everyone is horrible’
A Wales football supporter has raised hundreds of pounds for a little German fan cruelly mocked online after England’s victory over Germany at Wembley.
The little girl was the subject of shameful abuse after she was pictured crying on television and on the big screen at the stadium.
Since launching his crowdfunder on Just Giving less than 24 hours ago, Joel Hughes has so far raised £1052, after initially setting a £500 target.
Now, the 51-year-old, who runs his own web development company in Pontypridd, is trying to find the girl’s family so he can hand over the money “to show this little German supporter that not everyone in the UK is horrible.”
“I saw a tweet from (former footballer turned media pundit) Stan Collymore highlighting the abuse the little girl was getting,” he says. “I can’t stand seeing that kind of bullying online.
“I think this kind of xenophobia is worse since Brexit. And almost encouraged by the UK Government.
“So I thought I would try to do something. A small thing. Not something that would change the world, or change the minds of those who wrote nasty stuff about the little girl. But something none the less.
“And if it means we can put a smile on that girl’s face, then job done.”
Joel says he was amazed at how quickly donations came flooding in.
“I was surprised to hit the target quickly, but it goes to show how much goodwill is out there,” he said. “And part of this is demonstrating that there is goodwill out there – as negativity seems to dominate the airwaves.”
Now comes the tricky bit – tracking down the little German fan and her family.
“At the moment I’m just tweeting as much as I can,” says Joel. “Hopefully with a big push online we will be able to try and find her.”
If you would like to donate to the fund click the link HERE
If you know how to contact the German girl’s family drop Joel a line via Twitter
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