Edward Trevor also said that Aids sufferers got it ‘through their own stupidity’ after becoming annoyed that Acet Jersey collectors were rattling buckets on a Saturday in the run-up to Christmas.
But donations to the charity’s coffers have swelled following collections at schools and companies. Acet normally collects £2,000 on the Saturday before World Aids Day from street collections, but this year the charity has collected £4,300 and cash is still pouring in.
Around £1,600 was collected on the street, with the rest coming in after Mr Trevor’s comments were aired. The charity’s executive director, Rosemary Ruddy, said that teachers had been horrified by Mr Trevor’s comments and wanted to donate cash to the charity. One school donated £700 raised through dress-down days.
Mrs Ruddy said: ‘We have had a spontaneous response because some people were so shocked by the opinions expressed. We are overwhelmed by the support that we have had.’