I picked up this ex-public library book entitled "The Lord Mayor's National Air Raid Distress Fund" on eBay recently. Published in the mid-1950s it details how the fund was organised and how it disbursed the funds it collected. Of interest is the total amount of donations received - £4,980,223 - from across the Commonwealth and the rest of the world during and shortly after the war.
If you were to take 1945 as the year to do a comparison on the fund's value you get a figure just over £275 million. Just goes to show the generosity of folks back then.
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