After a successful Pre-Election Live Blog on donations raised prior to the GE2017 snap election and the GE2017 crowdfunder, we recieved a total of £1474.77. Whew!
In a time where we've endured a Tory Government, facing cuts, cuts and more cuts, that is no small figure.
...but before I ramble on... I'd like to thank George Walkden, Paul Chaplin, Neil Bird, Jon Nielsen, Jason Halsey, Sam Mills and a large number of people wishing to remain anonymous.
Oh and I raised my piggy bank for a little something to donate along the way too.
I was recently told that in other to take part in democracy, we have a "pay to play" system, where the big parties have massive donors or union backers that allow them to fight any fight without worrying about the bill but Pirates, despite the slander that we simply want stuff for free, dig deep when it comes to making sure our voices are heard.
Ever wonder where your donation money goes? Well we're always transparent, above and beyond the requirements in our accounts published by the EC - but that's lacking a bit of substance, how about I just say we had a record number of votes, a record vote share, a record number of candidates, a record amount of press coverage and I wore a suit for a record number of hours on the night of the count
None of this couldn't have been done without these vital donations, so thank you everyone who went out to #VotePirate, be it at the ballot boxes or with your donations.