Brown urges Britons to dig deep for Pakistan

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Gordon Brown today insisted there was no "giving fatigue" among British people as he appealed for donations to help victims of the Pakistan floods disaster.

The former prime minister, in one of his first interviews since leaving Downing Street, said it was vital to send more cash to the crisis-hit country.

Donations by British people have topped £7 million but have come in at a slower rate than appeals for previous disasters.

Mr Brown told GMTV: "I think there's not a compassion or giving fatigue. I think there's an outpouring of compassion in this country.

"I think we are seeing the number of people wanting to do something rising."

Speaking at a Royal Mail distribution centre in London, he said he hoped the Government would match any donations made by the British people.

Mr Brown, who said he was adapting to life outside Number 10 and enjoying spending more time with his family, added: "When you see on television a young infant girl struggling for life, probably not being able to make it as a result of the floods, you want to do something. I think every single person in this country will have that compassion."