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Entertainment X-Men star James McAvoy donates £275,000 to NHS amid coronavirus pandemic

07:55  30 march  2020
07:55  30 march  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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The actor James McAvoy has donated £ 275 , 000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to by a group of doctors to raise money to buy vital protective equipment for NHS staff treating coronavirus . The Scottish star of the X - Men movies and Atonement gave the money to support the efforts of concerned

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James McAvoy wearing a suit and tie: X-Men star James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to the NHS to help in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. © Getty Images X-Men star James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to the NHS to help in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

X-Men star James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to the NHS to help in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor donated the money to a crowdfunding campaign set up by a group of doctors, with the funds to be spent on vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

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The campaign has already raised £440,000, surpassing the original target of £200,000, which has now been increased to £500,000.

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.

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Actor James McAvoy has donated £ 275 , 000 to a crowdfunding campaign set up to buy vital protective equipment for NHS staff treating coronavirus . Actor James McAvoy has donated £ 275 , 000 to a Italian man , 101, who was born during the Spanish flu pandemic which killed 50 million people, 'is

Actor James McAvoy has donated £ 275 , 000 to a doctors’ crowdfunder for vital protective equipment for NHS staff battling the coronavirus crisis. The X - Men and His Dark Materials star made an initial payment of £ 25, 000 on Saturday. This came before the group of doctors shared their plan to buy

James McAvoy wearing a suit and tie © Eamonn M. McCormack - Getty Images James McAvoy

"We are overwhelmed and speechless at the trust and faith people have put into us to deliver this," said Masand. "The number of very generous donations from everyone doubled our target within three days.”

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McAvoy helped to explain the crowdfunding campaign in a number of Instagram videos, saying: "Money donated today will save lives.

"Help us to help the government to help the NHS. The situation is truly urgent and time is of the essence."

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