The sitting MP for West Suffolk lost his Conservative Party whip as a result of his appearance on the show, and his decision also sparked anger among many Britons. He eventually finished in third, losing out to the Queen of the Jungle Jill Scott, and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, who finished second.
Ahead of the launch, a spokesperson for Mr Hancock said: “Matt will be making a donation to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk and causes supporting dyslexia off the back of his appearance. He will also declare the amount he receives from the show to Parliament to ensure complete transparency, as normal.”
The Mirror reported earlier this week that his representatives refused to confirm how much of his fee will be given to charity, adding: “We’ll be speaking to the charities once Matt is back.”
Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hit out at Mr Hancock, calling for a great deal of his appearance fee to be given to families who have “become victims of lockdown”.
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Speaking on his GB News show, he said: “I don’t know about you, but my feeling is that this man ruined lots of peoples’ lives. Most of that lockdown was highly unnecessary, we should have looked after the elderly and the vulnerable and let everyone else get on with their lives.
“Young people were not able to have proper university lives and not able to have the normal growing up parts of life. Older people too in many cases were finding themselves cut off and isolated from family, friends and loved ones.
“Hancock was responsible for much of this, but now when he’s questioned, he says he was ‘just taking advice’, that’s just not good enough. I think a big chunk of that £400,000 should go to people and families who have become victims of that lockdown.
“As the years go on, we’ll learn many more people will die through missed NHS diagnoses that were ever going to die of that virus.”
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Auctioneer Charles Hanson, known for appearing on Antique’s Road Trip and Bargain Hunt, shared his thoughts on Mr Hancock’s appearance fee days into the series. He tweeted on November 10: “Personally I think Matt Hancock should resign from I’m A Celebrity, and give the £400k to the NHS
“ITV and Ant and Dec have misjudged our pandemic hangover mood and what we have all suffered (many with lost loved ones). Mr Hancock should be back at work and held to account.”
The boss of Covid Aid, a charity which supports those affected by the pandemic, also called for Mr Hancock to donate his fee. Michael MacLennan said: “Millions have been battling with long-term symptoms as a result of COVID-19, and families who lost loved ones have been upset to see Matt Hancock on primetime TV moving on from the pandemic, while their struggle and anguish continues.
“As a charity dedicated to supporting everyone whose lives have and are being changed by the coronavirus pandemic, we urgently require funding to provide support this Christmas – we welcome any donations which will boost our efforts, and which recognise that the fight is far from over, especially with people being newly affected on a daily basis.”
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