THE APPEAL total reached £98,048.27 at the beginning of this week. That does not include thousands of pounds which was pledged in sponsorship for dozens of fundraising events which took place on Sunday. Some 25 Socialist Worker readers cycled from Cambridge to London (60 miles!), raising over £2,000 in sponsorship.
Thirty five people retraced the steps of the 1932 mass trespass of Kinder Scout, near Sheffield, where socialists led a fight for the right to roam. They raised £820 in sponsorship. About 25 people paid £300 to take part in a walking tour round historic working class sites of Liverpool.
Many other events - from sponsored swims to social events - took place, and more are planned throughout November. Meanwhile collections in workplaces are taking off. A council worker in Greenwich, south London, says, 'We have collected £147.06 so far at work. 'That is from approaching individuals and from bucket collections outside workplaces. People agree that we need a socialist alternative to New Labour. They also understand when you tell them that building that alternative needs money. There is so much respect for Socialist Worker.'
Other workplace collections include: Gateshead Civic Centre, £5; Longbenton Benefits Office, £5; Portsmouth University, £27; Tottenham Benefit Agency, £6.50; Sunderland Council, £37.22; London cab drivers' TGWU branch, £20; staff at the TUC, £25; King's College London, £34.20; Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle), £15.83; British Museum, £6.50; UCLH, £15; Tucker Fasteners (Birmingham), £11.
Make cheques payable to SW Appeal and send to SW Appeal, PO Box 82, London, E3 3LH Phone 0171 537 2575 for credit card donations and inquiries.