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Fans holding a torch for Ianto raise £12,000 (2009)

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An internet crusade to raise Torchwood character Ianto Jones from the dead has raised more than £12,000 for Children In Need.

The character, played by Newport actor Gareth David-Lloyd, was killed off during the third series of the popular BBC sci-fi show to the horror of many fans.

Internet campaigns calling for his resurrection were launched on Twitter, LiveJournal and Facebook by dismayed followers of the character. They have since bombarded the BBC with more than 7,700 complaints and many have sent the corporation coffee - a reference to the character's status as "Coffee Boy" - to force the corporation to bring the character back.

A charity campaign was launched in Ianto's memory on charity site Just-Giving, fundraising for Children In Need.

Distraught fans even erected a shrine at Cardiff Bay and continue to leave flowers, photos and messages of condolence to the star.

The www.saveiantojones.com website has received more than 100,000 hits since it was set up in July.

Campaign co-ordinator Helen Schofield said: "It is important to note that this is not just a campaign to reinstate a popular character on a television show. This is a campaign with a heart and a desire to do good.

"We have been using the fundraising initiative as a platform to communicate to Gareth David-Lloyd just how much he and his character are loved and admired."

Fans have flooded the JustGiving site to donate to the cause and pay tribute to Ianto.

Mourning fans that set up the page said: "He made us laugh, he made us cry. He was simply a well-loved character.

His death left a lot of us as sorrowful and hurt as any death of a person close to us."

A fan called Andrea posted: "Thank you Gareth David-Lloyd for bringing life to what is possibly the sweetest thing to ever grace my TV screen."

Another follower called Joe Black said: "Gone but never forgotten, loved by us all, and raising money for a great cause."

A BBC Wales spokesman said: "It's fantastic that the series has received such support and that the money raised is going to a good cause."

GRAPHIC: Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones The tribute to Torchwood character Ianto Jones in Cardiff Bay

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