Big Ben Elizabeth Tower clock showing 11am at Westminster on Armistice Day 2019 with Union flag in foreground
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'Big Ben Brexit Bong' Campaign Funds To Be Donated To Military Charity

Help For Heroes said it was "a big surprise" and that they were "grateful" for the donation.

Big Ben Elizabeth Tower clock showing 11am at Westminster on Armistice Day 2019 with Union flag in foreground

More than £272,000 is being given to a military charity after a campaign to make Big Ben "bong for Brexit" failed to reach its target.

The StandUp4Brexit group said it would be donating the funds raised to veterans' charity Help For Heroes after "unsuccessful" attempts to persuade the House of Commons authorities to let Big Ben chime.

The tower's famous is bell is currently being renovated and the cost to get it working by Friday 31 January, the day Britain leaves the European Union, had been estimated at £500,000.

Big Ben has not chimed since August 2017 and is not set to bong again until 2021.

"We did make plain from the outset that if we were unsuccessful in raising the total and facilitate Big Ben to Bong, then any remaining funds in the account would be donated to Help for Heroes," StandUp4Brexit said.

"Every cloud has a silver lining, and in this case, it is that our military veterans that have been wounded in the service of their country will now receive a very substantial donation, thanks to your generosity."

In a statement, Help For Heroes said it was "a big surprise" and that they were "grateful" for the donation.

However, a commemorative 50p coin is being released on Friday to mark Brexit.

The coin is engraved with the words: 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations' and '31 January 2020'.

The Royal Mint says three million of the special Brexit coins will enter circulation on Friday.

Cover Image: Big Ben has not chimed since 2017 (Picture: PA).