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Today 1 million face masks arrived in London, courtesy of donors to Mail Force Charity

This 12-ton cargo of Type IIR surgical face masks is a vital new contribution to the war against the coronavirus.

Mail Force Charity’s first million-mask airlift touched down at London Stansted this morning in a chartered Chinese cargo flight from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. Mail Force Charity are pleased to announce that this is the first delivery of many. One million masks will be arriving into the UK weekly until at least July. This PPE will shortly be heading for the National Health Service.

Thanks to the generosity of the British public, more than £10 million has been raised to fund PPE for the NHS and care workers. It is just four weeks since Mail Force Charity was created by DMGT and its partners with the simple goal of bringing as much quality PPE to the Covid-19 frontline as quickly as possible. 

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, expressed heartfelt thanks to all those who have donated.

‘On behalf of everyone across the NHS, huge thanks to Mail Force Charity for this invaluable practical support. It’s been an enormous boost, coming on top of the Government’s efforts to get us the kit we in the NHS need,’ he said.

‘It’s helped our doctors, nurses, porters, therapists, cleaners, scientists and countless other staff to so brilliantly care for 90,000 hospital patients desperately ill with Covid-19, as well as continuing to provide essential services such as cancer, A&E and mental health care.’

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