James McAvoy donates £275000 to frontline NHS workers battling the coronavirus pandemic

Heather Knight of England

Heather Knight of England

X-Men star James McAvoy recently made an incredible donation to help the NHS fight coronavirus.

"The British actor confirmed the news on Instagram by uploading a video that he has donated more than $300,000 to a campaign called "#MasksforNHSHeroes", which is raising money to provide the essential "personal protective equipment" to the medical staff of the National Health Service (NHS).

Although he says the government are doing everything they can, Dr Masand is anxious a global shortage of kit will put workers at risk.

Later in the video, McAvoy talks about the "Masks For Heroes" campaign and encouraged his fans to donate money as they are gathering "verified equipment" from "international sellers". The campaign has already raised 440,000 pounds, crossing the original target of 200,000 pounds.

'The number of very generous donations from everyone doubled our target within three days'.

James McAvoy

Speaking to The Guardian, Dr Salaj Masand, one of the medics behind the campaign, described McAvoy's donation as "mind-blowing", and that it allowed them to immediately place an order of 75,000 masks and 75,000 visors.

"This is a global catastrophic event and an adamant time for governments across the world, no different from ours. There is a worldwide shortage of PPE that'slikely to go on for months". The government is doing all it can but the NHS needs all the help it can get, he said.

He also revealed that one of the other doctors behind the crowdfunding campaign has tested positive for COVID-19.

He pointed out that the NHS is having to compete with the commercial market, which is attempting to sell the same equipment for extortionate prices. "That is why we raised the capital ourselves and hope to help government distribute these supplies in best possible way", Masand added.

"Healthcare workers on the frontline without PPE (personal protective equipment) is the equivalent of going to war without armour and protection". Our healthcare systems around the world are under unprecedented pressure, but with voluntary contributions like McAvoy's, like mine, like yours, they are much more likely to get ahead.

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