Rod Stewart has donated thousands of pounds to families of disabled children to cover the cost of joining a protest against cuts to medical funding.
The British singer and father-of-eight was moved by a report from US broadcaster CNN that the families had hired a bus to take them more than 1,000 miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Washington DC.
The effort to show their disdain at the Republican party’s proposals had set them back around $30,000 (£23,000) but, at the time, they had raised only $7,000 (£5,000).
It emerged on Thursday that Stewart, 72, decided to send them a cheque to cover their deficit after viewing the report.
According to the broadcaster, he wrote to his manager: “I’ve just seen something on CNN that’s heart-breaking. It was a group of families with severely disabled children who are driving to Washington to confront about healthcare cuts.
“See if you can find out who they are. I’d like to …