A fundraiser to help replace £8,500 in charity funds taken from a Scottish TV personality in a street robbery has raised more than £12,000 in just 24 hours in a GoFundMe campaign.
Kate Copstick, a festival critic for The Scotsman, was walking home with proceeds from her charity shop through Shepherd’s Bush in London on Saturday night when she said two men in dark clothing and balaclavas kicked her to the ground and got away with the money.
She was due to fly to Kenya on Monday to help women in need through her charity Mama Biashara and had planned to take the cash with her due to ongoing problems accessing funds from a UK bank.
But now a page has been set up to recover some of the lost money, which was to be used to help a group of women fleeing female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and extreme violence.
As police confirmed they are investigating the attack, the GoFundMe page has already surpassed the charity monies lost, reaching more than £12,000.
Metropolitan Police officials say no arrests have been made yet.
A spokesman said: “Police were called at around 8.30pm on Saturday 3 September to reports of a woman being robbed of a quantity of cash in Shepherds Bush, W12.
“Officers attended. The 60-year-old woman was not seriously injured in the incident.
“She testified that two men approached her before forcing her to the ground and stealing cash from her backpack.
“The investigation into the circumstances continues, including work to secure viable CCTV evidence.
“Anyone with information that could assist the police is asked to call 101.”