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James McAvoy has donated £275,000 ($340,000) to a crowdfunding campaign raising money to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers treating Coronavirus.

The Masks for NHS Heroes crowdfunder was originally aiming to raise £200,000 ($248,000) to buy face masks, visors, surgical gowns, and gloves for British healthcare professionals, but has vastly exceeded this goal and attracted nearly £1 million ($1.24 million) in donations.

The X-Men actor also posted a video message on Instagram to touch base with followers:

One of the NHS doctors behind the crowdfunding campaign, Dr. Salaj Masand, described McAvoy’s donation as “mind-blowing” and said it would enable them to order 75,000 masks and 75,00 visors immediately.

“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 PPE [that’s] likely to go on for months,” he told The Guardian. “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.”

There are now more than 730,000 known cases of Coronavirus globally, including Charles, Prince of Wales, who revealed last week that he was self-isolating at home in Scotland with “mild symptoms.” His London office, Clarence House, confirmed today that the Prince is now out of self-isolation and is “in good health.”

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By Nick Levine