Matt Hancock defends donating 3% of ‘I’m A Celeb’ fee to charities

31 Jan 2023 News

Matt Hancock MP, I'm a Celeb contestant

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Former health secretary and Conservative MP Matt Hancock has donated £10,000 of his television fee for appearing on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ to two charities. 

The British Dyslexia Association and St Nicholas Hospice Care received a share of the funds, but could not confirm how much each. 

According to Matt Hancock’s register of interests, he received £320,000 for appearing on the reality TV programme for 720 hours – a total of 30 days. 

In an interview on Good Morning Britain today, Hancock was asked why he had given “a tiny fraction” of his fee to good causes.

During the interview, Hancock said the £10,000 was “a decent sum” and called his chosen charities “brilliant”. 

British Dyslexia Association: ‘Large or small’ donations welcome

A spokesperson from British Dyslexia Association told Civil Society News that it was grateful for all donations made to its charity, “large or small”. 

“It costs about £90,000 per year to keep our free helpline open through which we support approximately 5,000 members of the general public with our expert information, support and advice each year. There is still a great deal to do to create a dyslexia-friendly society which is inclusive. We continue to raise funds so that everyone with dyslexia can reach their full potential in education, in work and in life.”

According to its latest accounts, the charity total income for financial year ending 2022 was £2.2m with a total expenditure of £2.1m. 

St Nicholas Hospice Care: ‘Grateful for his generosity’

A statement on the charity’s website thanked Hancock for his support and donation. 

“We can confirm Matt Hancock MP has donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care. We are grateful for his generosity, and his gift will be used to help fund the care and support we provide.

“Without our community’s kindness and generous support, we would struggle to keep our services going. Every gift we receive is a vital contribution, especially during these challenging times.”

The Suffolk charity’s latest filed accounts for 2022 show a total income of £6.9m and total expenditure of £6.3m. 

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