Organisers of a village May Queen fete have come under attack for choosing to support a charity that helps wounded soldiers.
Woodmansterne May Queen Fete has been a tradition since 1966, but the decision this year to choose Help for Heroes as the main recipient of their fundraising on the village green on May 7 has prompted an angry protest.
Mohammad Siddique condemned the charity for helping soldiers get back to the front line and said he was contacting local MP Crispin Blunt to inform him a number of Muslim groups are now considering an online petition designed to force a Commons debate on withdrawing its charitable status.
He said: "My family and our local Muslim community were disappointed to see that the Woodmansterne May Queen committee have seen fit to publicise their Bank Holiday fete by adopting the Help for Heroes as their nominated charity.
"It is, of course, cynical and absurd to claim that Help for Heroes is 'non-political' and 'simply wants to help'."
"It is a straightforward fundraising device designed to rehabilitate injured British soldiers and, wherever possible, return them to the front line.
"It is equally misleading for Help for Heroes to describe these men and women as ‘volunteers’ - they are uniformed soldiers contracted for wages to do the bidding of their government...........Read more: