Big Ben is currently being renovated, and has only chimed a few times since renovations began in 2017. But this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested a fund should be set up by the public to get Big Ben to ring out on Brexit day.
Mr Johnson publicly called for people to “bung a bob” to pay for the clock to sound the moment Britain leaves the EU.
A crowdfunder has since been set up by the organisation StandUp4Brexit, which is aiming to reach £500,000 by the weekend.
The campaign, which launched on Wednesday evening, got off to a flying start, raising more than £50,000 in just 12 hours.
And as of 5.30pm on Friday, January 17, the gofundme appeal has managed to raise £226,866 – almost halfway to its target.
You can donate to the StandUp4Brexit gofundme campaign HERE.
Rebecca Ryan, Founder of StandUp4Brexit commented on Thursday: “It is amazing to see the phenomenal reaction to this campaign.
“Remain crowdfunders by Gina Miller and Jolyon Maugham have raised hundreds of thousands in attempts to deny democracy – it’s fantastic to see the British people coming together to help ensure that we can mark this celebration of the biggest vote in British history.”
Conservative MP Mark Francois has donated £1,000.
He said it is “inconceivable” that the clock used to mark the UK quitting the EU “could be any other than the most iconic timepiece on Earth, which is Big Ben”.
Millionaire businessman Arron Banks and the Leave Means Leave group have donated a whopping £50,000.
Business secretary Andrea Leadsom also said she donated £10 to the campaign.
The organisers message on gofundme reads: “Under Article 50, by law, the United Kingdom will formally leave the European Union at 11pm GMT on Friday 31 January.
“This means that those who wish to celebrate this historic moment will need to look to a clock to mark the time (exactly as on New Year’s Eve).
“The natural choice for this would be Big Ben but because it is currently undergoing refurbishment, special measures would have to be put in place, which could cost up to £500,000.
“The aim of this campaign is to raise this money by public donation, so that Big Ben can chime to mark this momentous occasion.”