West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been targeted by internet trolls on his London marathon just giving page.
The former health secretary announced last week that he would run the marathon in aid of St Nicolas Hospice care in Bury St Edmunds saying on twitter “In 5 weeks I’m going to run the London Marathon for the very first time. I’m running to raise money for the wonderful @stnichhospice“.
The Just Giving website allows users to post send a minimum donation of £2 along with the person’s name and a message.
Hours after the fundraising page went live dozens of people donated the minimum, under false names, in exchange for comments on his management of the pandemic and his affair that lead to him resigning as health secretary.
The site has since disabled the comments and anonymised all donations to the page.
Comments include one that requested the MP “Please deliver the PPE contract as agreed upon”. Another posted under the name “Dominic C,” added “You couldn’t run a bath.”
The trolls along with some real donations have helped Mr Hancock so far raise more than £4000 for the charity.