Since its launch, Mail Force Charity funding has soared to £6.9million. The initiative was launched with one aim – to help NHS staff, volunteers and care workers fight back against Coronavirus.
More than 39,000 readers have pledged their support to Mail Force Charity, donating just over £1.9million to the cause. A team of dedicated volunteers had opened more than 21,000 envelopes filled with almost £1.1million in cheques – if all the cheques were placed in a line, they would now stretch across central London from Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London.
Meanwhile, a total of 18,392 people have donated more than £750,000 through the online fundraising page – one generous individual has pledged £100,000 anonymously.
On Wednesday 13 May, Mail Force Charity began its first deliveries of fresh personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. A van filled with 30,000 hospital aprons and 100 protective face visors arrived on the front line, delivered from a former cotton mill in Blackburn. This vanload is the first delivery of Mail Force Charity’s initial order of 1.5million aprons, which will be distributed to the NHS over the next three weeks.
Support for the campaign continues to flood in, including messages from prominent public figures. The Duchess of Cornwall made a personal donation to the cause, saying: “I’m delighted to contribute towards this magnificent campaign.” The initiative was also backed by Sir Cliff Richard, who commented: “It is great to see Mail Force Charity’s huge efforts in providing the essential PPE to the NHS workers so far. In times of crisis, we all need to pull together, and this is such a positive campaign.”
Mail Force Charity continues to make plans to bring in further supplies of vital PPE.
How you can help
Your donations will be put towards sourcing, buying and transporting quality PPE to the NHS. Donate at https://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/mail-force. Please remember to Gift Aid your donation at the end.
If there is any money left over after the pandemic, the charity will use it to support the NHS and care workers in the best ways it can.