Actor James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to buy vital protective equipment for NHS staff treating coronavirus.
The campaign was set up by a group of concerned NHS doctors to raise money, as the UK heads into what could be the worst week yet for COVID-19 admissions in hospitals.
Scottish star James, 40, who last year starred in the likes of Glass and IT: Chapter Two, provided a donation for the likes of masks, visors and gloves after the medics launched the crowdfunding page on Thursday, claiming that they were ‘going to war without armour’.
Generous: Actor James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to buy vital protective equipment for NHS staff treating coronavirus
The campaign’s target was £200,000 and it has already surpassed this, currently standing at over £440,000, with a new goal of £500,000.
James said on Instagram: ‘Money donated today will save lives … Help us to help the government to help the NHS.’
The Guardian reports that Dr Salaj Masand, one of the fund’s organisers, said: ‘We are overwhelmed and speechless at the trust and faith people have put into us to deliver this.
‘The number of very generous donations from everyone doubled our target within three days.’
Running out: The campaign was set up by a group of concerned NHS doctors to raise money for Personal Protective Equipment. James’ contribution means an order of 75,000 masks and 75,000 visors can be immediately placed
He branded Hollywood star James’ contribution ‘mindblowing’ and that it amounts to an order of 75,000 masks and 75,000 visors.
The order can be placed immediately, thanks to this sizable donation.
The medic went on: ‘This is a global catastrophic event and an extremely tough time for governments across world, no different from ours. There is a worldwide shortage of [Personal Protective Equipment] PPE [that’s] likely to go on for months.
‘The government is doing all it can but the NHS needs all the help it can get. We are also competing with the commercial market who are trying to sell the same PPE for extraordinary prices.’
He also revealed that one of the other doctors behind the crowdfunding campaign has tested positive for COVID-19.
The government have been approached by private sellers since the outbreak of the virus, offering inadequate PPE at extortionate costs.
‘That is why we raised the capital ourselves and hope to help government distribute these supplies in best possible way,’ explained Dr Masand.
‘Unfortunately current hospital supplies are not sufficient and while we are reassured the government is doing everything it can, healthcare workers on the frontline are risking themselves daily without adequate protection to care for sick patients.
‘Healthcare workers on the frontline without PPE is the equivalent of going to war without armour and protection.’
Equipment is in such short supply that medical TV dramas such as Holby City and Casualty in the UK, as well as Grey’s Anatomy in the US, are sending their PPE props to hospitals to help with the shortfall.
Most shows around the world have halted production, as have movie sets.