Lewes boy urges Matt Hancock to donate I’m A Celebrity money

A student has urged former Health Secretary Matt Hancock to donate some of his I’m A Celebrity prize money to a good cause.

Daniel MacDiarmid, a pupil at Lewes Old Grammar School, will bungee jump off the Larpool Viaduct in Whitby to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex.

The 14-year-old, who has been raising funds for the hospice since 2015, said fewer donations have been received this year.

He has urged former Health Secretary Matt Hancock to donate some of his earnings from I’m A Celebrity.

Mr Hancock, 44, is expected to pocket around £400,000 for his appearance on the show.

The Argus: Matt Hancock entered the show as a latecomerMatt Hancock joined the show as a latecomer (Image: ITV)

Daniel, also known by his nickname Shrimpy, said: “I have something to ask Matt Hancock.

“Each year I take on a slightly wacky sponsored challenge to raise as much money as possible to buy Christmas gifts for children for my local Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

“I’ve been doing this for seven years, this year I’m going to do a sponsored bungee jump off a 160ft viaduct in Whitby.

“However, there is a problem. Since everyone is currently short of money and the bills are rising, it is more difficult than in previous years to get donations.

“So I’m asking Matt Hancock if he can help. I’m asking him to donate a portion of his earnings from I’m a Celebrity to my cause.

“Here is my plea, Matt, you have much to make amends to the British public. So how about helping out this Christmas by sponsoring my jump so I can help the hospice with their bills and buy kids Christmas gifts?

“It has to be better than eating fish eyes and camel butts.”

The Argus: Daniel with toys donated to the Chestnut Tree HouseDaniel with toys donated to the Chestnut Tree House (Image: Daniel MacDiarmid)

Dan has raised just over £550 of his £5,000 goal so far and is hoping for a boost from Matt Hancock, who is currently in Australia for the show.

Mr Hancock spoke on the show of his “big mistake” and his “regret” for breaking Covid-19 rules during the pandemic.

The finale of I’m A Celebrity will take place on November 27th.

Argus: He has been collecting money for the hospice since 2015He has been collecting money for the hospice since 2015 (Image: Daniel MacDiarmid)

Dan raised more than £7,500 last year when he slept overnight on a cliff ledge 120ft above the sea.

His challenge this year is equally daunting.

A spokesman for Matt Hancock said: “The second reading of Matt’s dyslexia screening and teacher training bill comes just days after the conclusion of I’m A Celebrity.

“By appearing on the show, Matt hopes to raise the profile of his dyslexia campaign and will use the platform to speak to millions of people about an issue he really cares about. Matt is determined that no child should leave elementary school without knowing if they have dyslexia.

“Matt will be making a donation to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk and will support dyslexia – including the British Dyslexia Association – after his performance.”

For more information on the fundraiser, visit his JustGiving link.

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