Rachel Riley libel defence inches closer to being fully-funded. Will we make it?

Two weeks ago I wrote to say that the crowdfund to help me defend against Rachel Riley’s libel claim held almost £12,000 towards a trial believed to be taking place in July, with £18,000 left to be raised.

Today I can say that the numbers are reversed – with around £18,000 in the kitty and £12,000 to be raised. That’s a very good turnaround.

But this is no time to relax. The trial is set to happen in the week of July 18 and if I’m not fully funded by then, I won’t be allowed to present my defence.

And I really want to have my say. I’ve been going over my evidence and if I get a chance to say it, the effect on Riley and her team should be devastating. There are huge gaps in the logic of her case, and I intend to exploit them to the full.

I still don’t think everybody who needs to see these updates – everybody who’s likely to want to contribute to the fund – is seeing them. If everybody who ever donated to my crowdfund provided just £4, I’d be fully-funded.

That’s down from £6, two weeks ago, but it indicates the number of people who aren’t being reached.

So, please, let’s push the total up a little further – and let’s get the message out to as many people as we can. Here’s how:

Make a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

We’re getting close now – but many good causes get within a whisker of achieving their goal and then fall at the final hurdle.

Let’s be among the few who make it across the line. It’s the only way to make this all worthwhile.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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