Sir: Jo Brand questioned whether John McCarthy "cheapened his experiences for the sake of some cash" when he did an advert for One-to-One cellular phones ("Jo Brand's Week", 4 January).
As someone who was active herself in the campaign against the Asylum Act, she will be interested to know that he is a dedicated patron of the Medical Foundation, a charity that helps survivors of torture. The majority are asylum-seekers.
He donated the entire proceeds (pounds 80,000) to the foundation to help clients hit by the withdrawal of benefits.
Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture