Through the goodwill and generosity of the public, total funds raised to 31 March 2022 for the legal challenge to the Vaccine Mandate laid out in The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2022, reached £67,876.
An enormous amount of work had to be done over a very short period and under considerable time pressure. Under the Judicial Review rules, there is an outside limitation to bring a claim within three months of the legislation coming into effect. In addition to this, there was the obligation to act ‘promptly’.
After the revocation was finally confirmed following the ‘consultation period’, it was no longer possible to issue the claim. Equally, it was not possible to recover the legal costs incurred. Therefore all the legal costs to that point were funded from the Crowd Funder.
In addition to legal costs, there were fees paid to the Crowd Funder site and also an escrow account for anti money-laundering and regulatory purposes, all of which was covered by generous donations from the public.
As a contribution to the cause, much of the work was done pro bono and a significant discount was offered against the hours of work charged. Once all costs were covered, an amount of £10,000 remains in the fund.
The Judicial Review application formed an important part of the overall pushback against the government’s attempt to impose vaccine mandates on healthcare staff. We are extremely pleased that this legislation was revoked and consider it to be a significant victory.
The Together Declaration has decided to divert the remaining funds to support the legal challenge which aims to prevent Covid-19 vaccines being administered to children aged 5-11 years old, due to the risk clearly outweighing any potential benefit. The details of this Judicial Review can be found here.
We would like to reiterate our enormous gratitude to all those healthcare staff who held the line and stood up for bodily autonomy. They were immensely brave in doing so and it changed the entire course of events. A particular thank you to those NHS staff who put themselves forward as Claimants in the Judicial Review proceedings. Future generations owe you a debt of gratitude.