McAvoy thanks public as Masks for NHS Heroes reaches £1.5m

A campaign backed by actor James McAvoy to provide medical workers with masks has raised over £1.5m

A crowdfunding campaign backed by actor James McAvoy to provide medical workers with protective equipment has already raised over £1.5m.

McAvoy helped promote the Masks for NHS Heroes campaign as it got underway and donated £275,000 to the cause.

Set up by a group of doctors to provide personal protective equipment for those working on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus, the campaign set out to raise £200,000.

In their initial appeal, the doctors wrote: “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.”

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The doctors changed their target to £500,000 however after an outpouring of support in an effort to help supply personal protective equipment nationwide.

In an Instagram update, McAvoy paid tribute to the public for their backing as he revealed the figure had surged to £1.47m.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the total has again increased to £1.56m, with 15 days still left to hit the latest target of £1.75m.

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