Richard Herring

Richard Herring

Date of birth: 12-07-1967

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Comic's International Women's Day tweets raise £130k

Richard Herring has raised more than £130,000 for charity – by spending a day on Twitter.

The comic traditionally dedicates every International Women's Day to enlightening men making snarky comments asking when it’s going to be International Men's Day.

November 19, Herring tells them in a variety of patronising ways, such as berating them for not using Google to check, or suggesting some sort of celebration come the big day.

This year he used the publicity his stunt attracts to raise money for Refuge, the charity which helps women and children who are victims of abuse.

More than 9,000 people have contributed, raising just under £131,000 at the time of writing. Many donated £19.11 in honour of the significant date.

Herring said that he originally hoped to raise about £15,000.

Amid all the November 19-related Tweets, he said: ‘Together today we have done something truly beautiful. Twitter can be a force for good, even if you have to put something bad into it and squeeze out the juice … I just like answering the same question 500 times. Anything else is a bonus.’

Refuge said: 'It's unbelievable, we're blown away! Thank you so much to everyone for your generous donations and of course to Richard for your ultra marathon of tweets.'

You can still donate here. 

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Published: 9 Mar 2018

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