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Crying German Girl Asks For £36,000 Raised For Her To Be Donated To Charity

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Crying German Girl Asks For £36,000 Raised For Her To Be Donated To Charity

The young German girl filmed crying after her side lost to England in the last 16 of Euro 2020 has asked for the £36,000 donated by well-wishers to go to UNICEF.

The girl was abused online when she was shown in tears in TV pictures following Germany's 2-0 defeat at Wembley.

Joel Hughes, from Pontypridd, decided to set up a JustGiving page for her afterwards, to show that "not everyone from the UK is horrible and that we care."

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Hughes aimed to raise £500, but eight days after the match, more than £36,000 has been donated by more than 3,200 people.

An update on the page says that the girl and her family have now been found and contacted, and they would like the money raised to go to United Nations' children's agency UNICEF.

A statement on the page said: "In the interests of our daughter and our family we would like to remain private.

"However, we wish to thank everyone for your amazing support. Our daughter would like to request your generous donations go to UNICEF, knowing that your kindness will do good."

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Just Giving said: "It is testament to the family's spirit of kindness and belief that society is better when people are kinder to one another, that they have extremely generously chosen to donate this gift in its entirety to UNICEF.

"As a result, the legacy of the support from thousands of donors is that thousands of children from around the world will benefit through UNICEF's work."

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Just Giving also thanked the work of Hughes, saying: "None of this would have been possible without the actions of one man taking a stand against hate in football.


"Thanks to Joel, thousands of people from across the UK and Germany were able to show their support for the campaign and for fans from across the other side of the pitch."

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Joel added: "I am beyond grateful to all the supporters of this campaign without whose help we would not be where we are today - from the bottom of my heart, I thank you!

"Thanks also to all the warm messages of support from around the UK, Europe, and as far away as Japan. Huge thanks to the JustGiving team for all their invaluable help, and to UNICEF as the worthy charity chosen by the family.

"Finally, I would like to give special thanks to the family at the heart of this campaign, their grace, courage, and generosity is an inspiration."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: England, Germany

Thomas Harvey
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