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Mail Force charity donates 42 million items of vital PPE

Boris Johnson thanks the ‘incredible generosity’ of Mail readers, as the charity comes to an end.

Since April, the Daily Mail and its readers have raised an incredible £11.7 million, in response to the PPE emergency the country has been facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Applauding the incredible efforts of the Mail Force charity, the prime minister commented: "The Mail Force campaign is a remarkable achievement. I’d like to pay tribute to Mail readers for their incredible generosity and public-spiritedness. Your contribution made a real difference to doctors, nurses and care workers on the frontline."

Called a “historic charity mission” by NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens, the charity is about to complete its winter stockpile of protective equipment for charities on the Covid-19 frontline. 

Stevens added: “On behalf of everyone in the NHS, I would like to say thank you to the Daily Mail, Mail Force and all those who have supported this quite remarkable and historic charity mission. The vital PPE and state-of-the-art testing machines that their generosity has provided have been hugely appreciated wherever they have been received across the heath service and care sector.”

The total amount of equipment that has been donated will reach 42,304,000, including a wide range of equipment including masks, aprons, fluid-resistant all-in-one overalls and gowns. And although a lot of gear has been sourced internationally, the news brand has helped establish new production lines at home. 

The charity has also helped fund advanced testing machinery for some of the country's best medical institutions. 

Commenting on the charity’s progress in an article in today’s Daily Mail, journalist Robert Hardman wrote: “It was back in early April that the chairman and editor of this newspaper finally decided that enough was enough. Though it is the media’s job to prod and poke the government of the day, there is a quid pro quo. When things get really bad, so the Mail believes, the right to criticise comes with an obligation to help. That time had come.” 

He added: “So the Mail decided to help. A small group of us from various parts of this company was given a simple instruction: fill an airliner with PPE and deliver it to the NHS front line. We were in no doubt that, having done it once, our famously generous readers would want to do it again and again. Their response would bowl us over.” 

Read all about the launch of this incredible charity campaign here.

30/11/20

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