Man raises nearly £20,000 to help those affected by disasters across the world

Michael Gyapong. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Since Michael Gyapong made Norfolk his home more than 20 years ago he has certainly made an impact.

Along with his partner, Beatriz, he works tirelessly to raise money for the worldwide charity, 'Médecins Sans Frontières'.

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Michael, who moved to the UK from Ghana, has raised nearly £20,000 for MSF - renown for their non political help in disaster areas around the world.

It all started with the Ebola crisis in 2014. I was watching it on the TV and thought I had to do something. So, we got some books a neighbour was going to bin, and we sold them on the market and made £3,000.

Michael Gyapong
Michael sells hugs every year.

From market stalls, to selling hugs at his famous African festival every year in Norwich's Catholic Cathedral, Michael really knows how to bring in the money.

"I think the world faces a lot of harsh challenges and my dad has stepped up to help people around the world, wherever they are," his daughter Daisy told ITV News Anglia.

"He has really brought the community together and the work that MSF does can really change people's lives."

  • Michael Gyapong is one of four contenders from the east of the ITV News Anglia region shortlisted for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. One will be selected to represent the region.