Tom Jordan, the bassist of Island band The Valentines, recently launched an online petition to fund a £475 bicycle for the Labour leader in response to an article published by the Daily Telegraph.
However, it has now raised over £7,400 – and the near £7,000 surplus will be going to local charity Jersey Builders for Refugees.
It all started when the 31-year-old, who now lives in London, read the article headlined ‘Socialist Jeremy Corbyn reveals he covets a £475 bicycle’.
The Telegraph’s story had emerged after Mr Corbyn was asked by fashion magazine Stylist what his ‘object of desire was’ – and he gave the answer of a Raleigh Criterium bike.
Mr Jordan said: ‘I got very annoyed by what had been written – it seemed like another smear campaign by the right-wing press. I thought if he was not allowed to own a bicycle like this, then we would buy it for him. More than anything, it was a symbolic way of winding up the paper for using those tactics.’
The former Highlands College student said that he wanted to donate the extra money to Jersey Builders for Refugees as he had recently been to help the charity with their work in Calais.
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