The disgraced former health secretary resigned in June after pictures emerged of the married father-of-three in a passionate embrace with his colleague Gina Coladangelo.
In what skeptics have suggested is a bid to improve his public image, the shamed politician has announced he is running a marathon and seeking sponsorship for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
But if he thought he could run away from the outrage, he was sorely mistaken.
In what probably isn’t the first time he’s regretted something, the MP enabled public comments on the donation page.
Hundreds of people contributed the minimum £2 amount in order to leave their own personal message.
Naturally, the British public did not hold back.
‘Nobody likes you Matt. You deplorable human. I’m happy to pay £2 just to tell you that,’ said one disgruntled voter.
Another person – described as an ‘exhausted betrayed doctor’ – wrote: ‘A cabal of self-serving venal clowns mishandled the pandemic and betrayed the British people. You wrecked the NHS and demoralised its staff. Good wishes to your wife, you did her a favour.’
And a third simply told him: ‘I hope you stand on a plug.’
While some people left savage insults, others pretended to be from colleagues or relatives with sarcastic compliments.
Pretending to be his wife, ‘Martha Hancock’ wrote: ‘You’re a vile s**t and I’m going to take you to the cleaners!’
Another commenter who went by the alias ‘Good time Gina’ said: ‘Run, darling, run! Good practice for escaping divorce lawyers.’
‘Covid-19’ donated and wrote: ‘Thanks for everything mate!’, while ‘Dominic C told him: ‘You couldn’t run a bath’.
And a Mr Buck Foris (who could that be!?) said: ‘You and your party are a disgrace.
‘People should not NEED to raise money for hospices, or food banks, or any of the other charities made necessry by your corruption, lies, and selfishness.’
Now, we’re not condoning trolling, but the page has racked up over £3,000 at the time of writing.
As one person put it: ‘I’m literally donating to say you’re a c**k and because the money is going to charity, not your mates.’
All for a good cause we suppose ….
Still, at least a couple of donors didn’t accompany their donations with criticism.
Luke Stanley said: ‘A great cause – good luck Matt!’ and Stuart Nielson wrote: ‘Fantastic effort. Good luck!’
Meanwhile Hancock’s mum Shirley Carter said: ‘Well done Matthew! It’s been hard to be proud of you this past year or so, so this is great! Love Mum x.’
On second thoughts…
Anyway, the page has since been annonymised, meaning people can still donate, but no longer comment.
However if you want to feel proud to be British (sort of), many people have taken to Twitter to continue to air their thoughts on the ex-Health Secretary’s handling of the pandemic.
It comes as Hancock enjoys a romantic holiday with his former aide in Switzerland.
While millions of families stay at home this summer, the pair appear to be on their first holiday as a couple, in the mountain resort of Villars-sur-Ollon.
According to the Daily Express, Hancock is using the trip for some last-minute high-altitude training.
Sharing his fundraising story on the JustGiving website he said: ‘I’ve decided to run the 2021 London Marathon in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
‘St Nicholas Hospice Care is a fantastic charity working in my constituency of West Suffolk, who look to give help, support and advice to those who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
‘The Hospice sees around 2000 people each year and any money donated will makes [sic] a real difference to people’s lives.’
You can donate (but not insult) here.
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