As the clock ticks towards the launch of our strike action - we officially walkout at midnight - our strike fund has edged over the £2,000 mark. This is thanks to four very generous individual donations and funds from another NUJ chapel.
Our colleague and fellow union member, reporter Mark Stead , has given the fund £100 of his birthday money (for missing so many chapel meetings, he says). Then friends at Doncaster Free Press NUJ chapel pledged £50. The Mother of Chapel at Coventry Newspapers sent in £50 and Viriditas Opera - a York-based ensemble - sent us £50 on account of publicity for a forthcoming show likely being used in The Press during the strike. We also received an anonymous donation of £50.
This takes our total to £2,050 - a fantastic effort. The whole chapel sends its sincere thanks to everyone who has donated. More donations would be very welcome.