James McAvoy Boosts Masks4NHSHeroes Campaign With $342,500 Donation Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Carla Harmon
April 1, 2020

Scottish actor, 40, contributed to crowdfunding campaign set up by anxious doctors demanding more personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors fighting coronavirus, revealed The Guardian.

The "X-Men" star has stepped up the # Masks4NHSHeroes crowdfunding campaign, created by a group of doctors who are desperately trying to raise money to buy face masks, gloves, visors, and gowns for fellow NHS workers, who felt they were "going to war without armor and protection" due to the widespread shortage of essential equipment.

The Scottish Split veteran also posted a video message to his Instagram account, saying in part, "Money donated today will save lives..."

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

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

The campaign's target was £200,000 and it has already surpassed this, now standing at over £440,000, with a new goal of £500,000.

He added: "These incredible doctors that have set this unbelievable initiative up, you can give money to that, but I think also we've got to protect those incredible doctors and surgeons and porters and the lady that fills the vending machine at the hospital, and we've got to protect all of those people by staying indoors, we've got to protect all of those people by social distancing and by taking it seriously, and I think people are starting to take it more seriously".

He added that James McAvoy's donation was "mind-blowing" and would mean an order of 75,000 masks and 75,000 visors could be placed immediately.

"This is a global catastrophic event and an extremely tough time for governments across world, no different from ours".

"The government is doing everything it can, but the NHS needs all the help it can get".

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.

He likens the lack of PPE to "a war without armor and protection".

Dr Salaj Masand, a medic behind the campaign is overwhelmed and grateful for all the donations that came in.

As of Sunday, the United Kingdom had more than 19,700 confirmed cases of infection, with the death toll climbing to over 1,200.

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