‘You couldn’t run a bath’: Matt Hancock’s fundraising page hijacked by fake Del Boy and PornHub accounts

 ‘You couldn’t run a bath’: Matt Hancock’s fundraising page hijacked by fake Del Boy and PornHub accounts

Matt Hancock’s fundraising for next month’s London Marathon got off to a flying start after donors hijacked his Just Giving page pretending to be Del Boy, the Prime Minister and even his mother and joking that he “couldn’t run a bath”.

The former health secretary raised more than £3,000 in days after he announced on the crowdfunding website that he would be running the 26-mile race on Oct 3 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It came as the married father-of-two was spotted on a romantic holiday in the Swiss Alps with his lover and former aide, Gina Coladangelo.

The 42-year-old’s fundraising page went viral within hours of going live on Tuesday with dozens giving the minimum £2 donation in return for the chance to air their thoughts on his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Hancock was forced to resign in June after CCTV footage emerged of him breaching coronavirus social distancing restrictions by kissing and embracing married Ms Coladangelo, 44, a former non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care, in his Whitehall office. 

One contributor, posing as “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”

Another, pretending to be “Boris Johnson” said: “I just aspire to f*** the country as much as you f***ed your marriage.”

A donor claiming to be “Dominic C” added: “You couldn’t run a bath,” while another posing as “Derek Trotter” from Only Fools and Horses commented: “Hi Matt, as per your personal hotmail message, here is my donation. Please send over the PPE contract as discussed. I’ve secured a great stock, almost as good as the spring water I bottled in Peckham.”

There was also a message from the “PornHub Recruitment Team”, saying: “Hi Matt, just looking to get in touch re: a new contract.”

A spokesperson for Mr Hancock confirmed that the Just Giving page was genuine. The message posted by the MP for West Suffolk reads: “I’ve decided to run the 2021 London Marathon in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.”

Noting that the charity cares for 2,000 people every year with long-term and life-threatening illnesses, it adds: “This is my first London Marathon and I’m really excited to take part and raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. I have already started my training and hope to keep you all updated with my progress.”

The London Marathon usually takes place in April but has been postponed due to the pandemic.

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