They are in the war against Covid-19 called the forgotten front.
Diligent, dedicated but under-provided, they are the staff of the embedded care homes of Britain. But no one felt forgotten yesterday when Mail Force arrived at Shedfield Lodge's nursing home providing vital personal protective equipment.
After a six-week ban on all visitors, the new charity – created by the Mail and its partners – could no longer have been welcomed.
& # 39; This is a great weight of all our thoughts. It's just great, & # 39; said Maria Willis, 32, head of care at this Southampton home for 29 elderly residents with dementia. & # 39; It's very disturbing to think that so many people want to help. & # 39;
We've Covered You: Maria Willis and Megan Wills with David Stephenson, 88, at Shedfield Lodge Nursing Home in Hampshire
Many of the duty personnel, along with radiant resident David Stephenson, 88, came out to see the Mail Force van arriving with boxes of coveralls and masks. When it turned out, they couldn't be short of a moment.
The last remaining supplies of face masks had to roll out on Sunday following multiple failures by the nursing home PPE providers, who & # 39; t just reported that they & # 39; cheated & # 39; had gone through a fraud and into liquidation.
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Having been staff for three weeks without Covid-free – since losing one resident to the virus – had the staff seriously worried about how they would keep things this way.
Staying safe will now be much easier thanks to the Mail Force intervention. The charity, created by the Mail and its partners, Salesforce and Marshall Wace, just continued to attract an extraordinary response from the public.
Mail readers' contributions went beyond the £ 300,000 mark, while businessman and philanthropist Michael Spencer donated £ 250,000, raising the total so far to an incredible £ 4.2 million. The campaign only started in earnest on Tuesday.
That's when Mail Force packed a plane carrying 20 tonnes of PPE from China to London before delivering its £ 1 million freight directly to the NHS distribution center in the Midlands.
Thanks to & # 39; speed and scale of public support, plans to & # 39; It went on to bring further air lifts in the days and weeks ahead.
The charity has worked with the Department of Health to identify key products and then seek fresh supplies from reliable sources.
Three things are in huge global demand – insulating jackets, overalls and masks – and NHS staff have expressed their deep appreciation for these efforts.
However, Mail Force is determined that the healthcare sector is also included in this process.
Last night, Nadra Ahmed, executive chairman of & # 39; Health Care Association, which represents small and medium-sized independent homes, spoke her thanks for the work of & # 39; e charity.
& # 39; We are immensely grateful that this campaign recognized this critical gap, & # 39; told them to & # 39; e Mail.
Five stars: Maria Ponteaux, Megan Wills, Maria Willis, Lisa Smith and Nikki McCrudden applaud their new kit at the Shedfield Lodge nursing home, at Southampton, yesterday
Special Delivery: This Mail Force van brought boxes of necessary equipment to The Meadow, a nursing home in Muswell Hill, north London
Custom and Step Up: Head of Care Maria Willis, 32, and Megan Wills, 21, wear protective overalls
& # 39; But it is a charge of policy that we must rely on donations to protect our residents and our amazing workforce. & # 39;
That was further good news for the healthcare sector, however, following the government's decision for the next three months to release all PPE products from VAT, a £ 100 million decision to the adult care sectors and charity.
& # 39; We know we are no longer on our own & # 39;
By Sam Greenhill for the Daily Mail
A seizure of Mail Force medical masks last night helped ease & # 39; daily anxiety & # 39; for staff at a nursing home.
The dedicated caretakers at The Meadow in Muswell Hill, north London, are afraid of low-performing PPE shares, as they tend to meet the needs of older residents.
But thanks to a Mail Force supply, they can now look for 9,000 masks and 80 full-body protective coveralls to protect them.
Image: Muswell Hill, North London
Andrew White, a director at MHA, the charity who manages the house, said: "Getting this PPE is a massive deal for the staff, just to know that the goods are there for them.
& # 39; The care they give our residents is great. But there are donations like this that don't allow them to do it.
& # 39; You can't do it when you're scared and in fear every day. The residents pick it up. This makes life so much easier for them too. You can't put a price on it. & # 39;
The Meadow is a residential and dementia care home with 40 rooms, 16 of which are designated for dementia care. Located on well-kept grounds, the house recently received a refurbishment of £ 460,000.
MHA is a registered charity that provides care, accommodation and support to over 18,000 older people in the United Kingdom and employs 7,000 people and 5,000 volunteers.
Mr White said, & # 39; We appreciate what the government can give us, but if the PPE supply chain becomes unfair and we do not guarantee an offer, that puts a real sense of fear that we may be holding back.
& # 39; It's absolutely amazing to get 9,000 masks – which is really important, those masks will probably last about nine weeks.
& # 39; But it's much more worth it than that – it's the support our people have received from you, knowing that someone has gone out of their way to raise money, source PPE and then donate it to them to give. Just knowing that they are not doing this on their own. It is highly appreciated. & # 39;
Mr White added: & # 39; It gives staff the guarantee that they are protected, & # 39; it is very difficult day after day for a person from a house with the virus to go to their own homes knowing that they can distribute it to their families. & # 39;
More than 2,000 people die a week from Covid-19 in nursing homes and some experts fear that more people will die outside the hospital than in them.
The Bureau of National Statistics, which collects records of a disease on death certificate, said earlier this week the toll in nursing homes had doubled in & # 39; the previous week.
Mr White said: & # 39; Many of our homes are badly affected by the Covid virus. At Meadows, we have not had any major breakouts. One of the essential elements there is to make sure we have PPE available. & # 39;
That is, of course, if they can find PPE to buy in the first place, given the severe global shortcomings that prices have raised and shelves everywhere.
Britain's 15,000 nursing homes, which look after more than 400,000 elderly residents, have been particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, not least because of a lack of virus testing and PPE.
The scale of the problem is hidden by the fact that so far, coronavirus deaths have in many cases been formally not included.
There have been several reports of sick people deficient due to illness. At the same time, many homeowners refuse to put their foot in homes. Little wonder so many healthcare workers say they feel abandoned.
This is certainly not the case at Shedfield Lodge, where staff numbers are impressively high, in no small part thanks to the support of the local community.
When several staff members decided it would be safer for older residents to isolate themselves on the site, a local appeal brought a direct supply of caravans.
The lawn at the back of the house is now a cozy campground with five cars wired to the mains.
& # 39; We try to keep a happy atmosphere so things feel the same to the residents, & # 39; said Mary Willis.
& # 39; It was a little strange at the beginning of & # 39; e outbreak when we started wearing masks, but now they are used to it. & # 39;
While there were no masks available this weekend, it was not for the efforts of Mail Force.
Now, the house also has an emergency supply of coveralls for its & # 39; breakout box & # 39; comes every sudden burst of infection.
& # 39; We had just enough masks to last us until Sunday, & # 39; declared owner Andrew Geach.
& # 39; I don't know what we should have done next. & # 39; Having planned ahead of this situation in January securely, when he made two bulk PPE orders, he has been let down by his suppliers several times since.
A £ 2,000 delivery, scheduled for yesterday, could not appear.
Mr. Geach showed me the emails from his regular PPE providers that informed him that they were no longer able to stay afloat.
Another supplier gave him a vague promise of more masks in June.
& # 39; The tough situation is terrible. Everyone likes to run on masks, & # 39; he said.
His nursing home, like most, is private, but half of the residents are funded by their local authorities.
However, he is told that there is no emergency call for supplies from local authorities unless he reports a Covid infection – and that is exactly what he is trying to prevent.
& # 39; Of course, we are used to paying for things, & # 39; said Mr. Geach.
& # 39; The problem comes when there is nothing for sale. Then you really start to worry. & # 39;
Here, at least, that worry is over for the moment.
It flies high! Mail Force charities donating to PPE Air Lift Mission reach £ 4.2million in just two days
By Arthur Martin for the Daily Mail
City Councilman Michael Spencer just donated £ 250,000 to the new charity Mail Force.
The philanthropist and former Tory party treasurer described the campaign to provide frontline staff of protective gear as & # 39; a very important issue & # 39 ;.
His support then reached the donations of generous Daily Mail readers in just £ 300,000 in just two days.
More than 7,400 of you have pledged money to the charitable email with support Mail, which will use the funds to provide NHS staff and healthcare workers with more personal protection equipment.
Generous: Michael Spencer and wife Sarah, who just donated £ 250,000 to Mail Force's new Charity
Contributions from private supervisors and our partners have now reached £ 3.9 million.
It means a total of £ 4.2 million has been raised to purchase crucial equipment to protect staff who do not fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Spencer, who helped bankroll Boris Johnson's leadership campaign for conservatives, said he was happy to contribute to the Mail Force.
& # 39; Making sure our health workers have the right equipment is a very important issue, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I feel very strongly about the people that & # 39; t & # 39; e health services work on the front and do their best to minimize the deaths. They even take great risks & # 39; s to do it. I think it's only good and proper that we visit our health workers and minimize the risks that they have from their frontline work.
& # 39; So I thought this was a very good thing, a very good project. & # 39;
Why the crucial supplies had to come from China
By James Salmon for the Daily Mail
Some Daily Mail readers, while applauding the Mail Force's air force, have asked why the charity has received the much-needed equipment from China.
The answer is simply that there was little choice when it comes to quickly acquiring a bulk supply of PPE.
Scores of British manufacturers have adjusted their production line to cut dresses, gloves, coveralls, visors, hats and masks instead of luxury cars, clothing and other goods.
First concession: PPE is loaded in Shanghai
Despite its valiant efforts, the NHS has yet to face a desperate shortage – and demand is high around the world. China is the leading supplier of PPE. Manufacturers there use an army of low-paid workers to produce this type of clothing cheaply before exporting.
With a dramatic spike in orders, bottlenecks have been on offer. However, there are plenty of smaller manufacturers and Mail Force could succeed in partnering with Salesforce, the US software giant now one of & # 39; e charity.
The team used their contacts in China to help US hospitals source PPE. Now it's the turn of the United Kingdom.
Frustratingly, millions of pieces of PPE that were stored in the UK warehouses to the rest of Europe. Wholesalers claim they had no choice after their offers of assistance were ignored by Whitehall.
The 64-year-old is the founder and former chief executive of Nex Group, one of & # 39; the largest inter-dealer brokers in & # 39; e world, formerly known as ICAP. Mr. Spencer, who is married to Sarah, formerly the Marchioness of Milford Haven, has donated millions to charity throughout his career.
Like the Mail Force, he has supported a range of charities that have difficulty raising money because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "The giant virus has been such a tragedy for so many countries and so many people. The implications of this are in all ways quite long lasting and very sad and tragic.
& # 39; I'm lucky, I haven't been yet, but I know a lot of people who haven't. Fortunately, all of them, with the exception of our Prime Minister, prevented hospital admission. It has been a terrible, frightening time for this country and for many other countries. & # 39;
Last year, Mr Spencer donated £ 1 million to a Daily Mail campaign that raised funds for a British Norman Memorial overlooking Gold Beach. It commemorates the 22,442 sailors, soldiers, airmen and medical personnel under British command who were killed in an unrelenting violent 77-day battle that followed. e D-Day landings.
Mr. Spencer also co-founded ICAP Charity Day, an annual event in which royalty and celebrity perform bars on ICAP.
The real estate company donates the day's income to good causes.
The event, which launched in 1993, has raised an incredible £ 149million and has supported over 2,200 charitable projects. Mr Spencer said ICAP Charity Day is his biggest achievement in business, in addition to infringement on the FTSE100.
Yesterday, during the second half of fundraising, Mail Force received donations from another 3,400 generous readers on its online job site.
With lightening of the feelings of many, Keith Marshall, who donated £ 100, wrote: & # 39; Well done for making this charity! The work being done by NHS personnel is essential in the fight against Covid-19. The selfless actions by medical personnel to risk their lives to help others cannot be overemphasized. They need vital PPE to continue. & # 39;
Another reader named Polly, who donated £ 500 duty, wrote: & # 39; Fantastic way to support all NHS workers, we all need to do our bit to help. & # 39;
Any donation to Mail Force, however small, will be spent on masks, jackets and coveralls that the NHS and healthcare workers so urgently need. If there's some money left over, the charity will use it to support the NHS and health care workers in the best ways it can. To date, more than 100 NHS workers and carers have died of the virus. They include consultants, nurses, cleaners, porters and care assistants.
Fresh supplies of PPE are constantly needed, so most protective clothing should only be worn once.
Washing them at temperatures high enough to kill coronavirus decreases their effectiveness.
The Chief of Health's fight with health boss over safety advice
By Sophie Borland for the Daily Mail
Nursing homes are struggling to source protective clothing, to not reach suppliers over the weekend and to constantly change the guidelines, a sector in the industry warned yesterday.
Martin Green, who is head of the UK, said some organizations that had been commissioned by the government with the delivery of shares were "useless". He also accused health officials of issuing six different versions of advice on PPE in the past few weeks.
And he said a helpline set by the government to support nursing homes in sourcing equipment was of little value.
His comments coincided with a survey of 231 health care providers who found that two-thirds had difficulties with getting the necessary levels of PPE.
Martin Green (pictured), who is the head of the UK, said that some organizations that are & # 39; useless by the government with the delivery of shares & # 39; were
The Independent Care Group, which represents & # 39; companies in Northern England and conducted the inquiry, said deliveries were & # 39; patchy & # 39; were and too expensive.
Two weeks ago, Health Secretary Matt Hancock promised to intervene amid concerns – highlighted by this newspaper – that nursing home residents were the forgotten victims of the pandemic.
He promised to improve the range of equipment and ensure that all residents and staff with symptom tests were provided.
But Professor Green, who speaks for the largest representative body in the healthcare sector, said: & # 39; There are still areas where people find it difficult to access PPE.
& # 39; People are really worried about whether the supplies are consistent. Part of the issue is that people are a little nervous if they have enough Wednesday for a week, say.
Two weeks ago, Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured) promised to intervene to make it difficult to resolve between concerns – highlighted by this newspaper – that nursing home residents were the forgotten victims of the & # 39; pandemic
& # 39; We're almost over version six of & # 39; a guidance from Public Health England, which is completely confusing.
& # 39; What we need is literally simple and clear guidance that doesn't say what we should use if someone is a Covid-19 patient as symptomatic and what is the PPE we should use for people who are not symptomatic of Covid-19, so we know how to secure the right level of PPE. It's not rocket science.
This is an organization that calls themselves Public Health England, but what I realize is that they understand acute hospitals and they should be called Acute Hospitals England. & # 39;
He described the organizations accused of providing PPE to nursing homes, the Local Resilience Forums, as useless and difficult to contact. Public Health England note that their guidance was not changed six times, but pointed out that separate advice could be issued by the Department of Health and the NHS.
Victory with £ 100m VAT reduced PPE of medics
By Daniel Martin for the Daily Mail
Nursing homes were given a huge boost yesterday after the Chancellor agreed to reduce taxes on vital personal protective equipment.
The tax filing, which will apply from today until July 31, is worth more than £ 100million on nursing homes, businesses and charities.
Rishi Sunak said that a zero rate of VAT will apply to sales of PPE such as face masks and jackets to help fight the spread of coronavirus.
It will also help individuals who decide not to buy a face mask to protect themselves after they return to work.
Image: A tester wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) holds a test pennant during a coronavirus test site drive at IKEA in Wembley, North London
Many in the healthcare sector have complained about the exorbitant cost of PPE, with some healthcare operators saying they are £ 12 per face mask compared to the 8p cost for the crisis. Treasury officials said the government would act as soon as possible to bring the measure into effect.
In the & # 39; Brexit transition period, the UK is bound by European VAT law, which & # 39; t the Treasury said the UK required VAT on & # 39; a device to consider. But the European Commission has indicated support for member states to introduce their own temporary VAT relief to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ministers have already removed import rights from PPE to ensure that more essential equipment can get to the front faster.
The relocation will benefit primarily caregivers, who may not be able to get back the 20 per cent VAT they have on their purchases.
In addition, the government provides the NHS with funding to purchase PPE and has promised them additional funding to ensure that the NHS has everything it needs to tackle coronavirus.
National guidance states that staff in hospitals and nursing homes should wear PPE when they come in contact with those who show symptoms of coronavirus. But many still warn of shortages of & # 39; vital equipment, which they say health and care workers run the risk of catching and distributing & # 39; a disease.
Pictured: A medical worker today gives thumbs to a motorist at a drive-through coronavirus testing center in London
The difficulties in securing PPE supplies were highlighted last week when a dispatch from Turkey arrived three days late, because hospitals were out of equipment
The move comes two weeks after the National Health Association called on ministers to take action on non-sustainable PPE costs for nursing homes.
President Nadra Ahmed said one supplier had paid £ 8,500 for just one week's worth of PPE – and said the fact that the NHS took most shares made the situation worse.
& # 39; To be told at the beginning of this by our suppliers that all deliveries were requested to & # 39; e NHS, that we absolutely understand … but what did it do for our sector? & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Absolutely nothing but drive prices up. My mailbag is absolutely full every day with members who don & # 39; t ask us where they can get PPE. & # 39;
Difficulties in securing PPE supplies were highlighted last week when a shipment from Turkey arrived three days late in order to run out of equipment to hospitals.
Care bosses who have been severely lacking had to turn to private companies that do not charge a premium because of & # 39; unreliable & # 39; government supplies. MHA, a charitable trust that runs 220 nursing homes, has to spend £ 200,000 on masks up to five times the normal price.
Karl Silvester runs Awarding Care, which caters to 170 adults in their own homes in the Black Country area. He contacted a number of suppliers, but found a box of gloves that normally sold from £ 2 to £ 3 each was priced at £ 15, while plastic bags that were typically 2 pence an item were up to £ 2 per were broken.
Management officials of the & # 39; NHS were forced to waste hours on working hours with the exception of doubtful suppliers of & # 39; e black market, and have accused fraudsters of profiting from that & # 39; beggars belief & # 39 ;. & # 39; Healthcare experts said they are overcome with offers from supported providers & # 39; try to make a quick buck & # 39 ;.
Donate … in their memory: Without adequate PPE, this innocent NHS staff died on the front. Their stories will scream at you – and move you to protect those who don't fight
The cancer nurse
Donald Suelto died after nursing a virus patient while short on personal protective equipment, his family claims.
The 51-year-old, who worked at a chemotherapy department in Hammersmith, west London, is one of the # 25 Philippine NHS employees thought to have died at Covid-19.
Cousin Emylene Robertson said: & # 39; It is a concern he has to deal with a patient recovering from coronavirus short of PPE. & # 39;
Donald Suelto (left) died after nursing a virus patient and grandfather Gareth Roberts, 65, died after contracting coronavirus
The caring grandfather
A nurse & # 39; paid the ultimate price & # 39; because of a lack of PPE, a friend has claimed.
Grandpa Gareth Roberts, 65, who died after contracting coronavirus, worked extra shifts to help the departments at Llandough Hospital near Penarth in Wales.
Family friend Janette Leonard said: & # 39; He said he was wearing a pinny, plastic gloves and a paper mask. I'm absolutely worried about it. It's like lambs for slaughter. & # 39;
Mem & # 39; correct kit rejected & # 39;
Josiane Ekoli's death may have occurred if she had received the right PPE, say her family.
The mother of five from Leeds, who has dedicated herself to the NHS for more than 30 years, died on April 13 of the virus.
Her children said the 55-year-old received only a surgical mask, gloves and apron while treating virus patients.
Daughter Aalijah said, & # 39; I do not want to blame anyone, but I feel that if the responsible people did their job well, it did not appear to have done so. & # 39; Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust said: & # 39; We do everything we can. & # 39;
Josiane Ekoli's death (left) may have occurred if she had received the right PPE, say her family (pictured right: Sara Trollope, who died after not bravely continuing to work despite a lack of PPE)
Brave matron continue to work
Matron Sara Trollope ferstoar nei moedich troch te wurkjen nettsjinsteande in gebrek oan PPE, seit in freon.
De mem fan fjouwer wie moannen fan pensjoen yn Watford General Hospital nei 33 jier yn 'e NHS.
Mar de 51-jierrige – dy't diabetes en astma hie – ferstoar oan it firus nei't er troch in gebrek oan beskermingskit yn 'e steek litten, sei de freon.
Tracy Woods, dy't in fundraising-pagina opsette dy't mear dan £ 15.000 hat generearre, sei: 'Sara hield folslein fan har baan. Spitigernôch wie it dizze baan dy't har libben koste. Se moast wurkje mei net genôch PPE en kontrakteare Covid-19. & # 39;
Har heit Gordon sei: 'Ik hâld fan har leaf en bin altyd grutsk op har west.'
Ferpleechster op in 12-oere skift
John Alagos, 23, ferstoar krekt oeren nei behanneling fan pasjinten mei coronavirus sûnder tagong ta PPE.
Hy fertelde kollega's dat hy him net goed fielde, mar waard ferteld te bliuwen en in grouwélige 12-oere-ferskowing te foltôgjen by Watford General Hospital. De ferpleechassistint, dy't gjin ûnderlizzende omstannichheden hie, stoar de oare moarns op 3 april. Syn mem Gina Gustilo, 49, sei dat har soan weromkaam nei har hûs yn 'e stêd mei lijen fan in hoofdpijn en hege temperatuer en blau yn bêd waard .
Miss Gustilo, in ferpleechster fan mentale sûnens fan 'e NHS, sei dat kollega's soargen hawwe makke oer har PPE fan har soan. Se tafoege: 'Se drage PPE, mar net folslein beskermjend fan' e mûle. & # 39;
Tracey Carter, haadferpleechster yn it sikehûs, sei dat personiel it juste nivo fan beskerming hie.
John Alagos (lofts), 23, ferstoar krekt oeren nei behanneling fan pasjinten mei coronavirus sûnder tagong ta PPE en Thomas Harvey, waans sibben sizze dat hy allinich 'handschoenen en in flakke schort' hie foar beskerming
Apron foar beskerming
Ferwoaste sibben fan Thomas Harvey, 57, seine dat hy allinich 'handschoenen en in flakke foarskoot' hie foar beskerming.
De sûnensassistint en pake fan trije, 57, foelen siik nei't holpen in pasjint dy't letter posityf testte foar Covid-19 yn Goodmayes Sikehûs yn Ilford, east Londen, en stoar thús op 29 maart. Hy hie oars sûn west.
Paramedici wegeren twa kear om him nei it sikehûs te nimmen, en ferwiisden syn famylje ynstee nei de helpline NHS 111.
Syn dochter Tamira, 19, sei: 'Hy waard op safolle manieren litten. As hy krekt de juste apparatuer hie, soe it net eskalearre wêze op 'e manier dat it die.'
Dokter dy't PM warskôge
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, ferstoar minder dan trije wiken nei it skriuwen fan in Facebook-post dy't Boris Johnson warskôge oer it gebrek oan PPE.
De konsultant urolooch by sikehûs Homerton yn east-Londen skreau op 18 maart: 'Wy moatte ús en ús famyljes / bern yn dizze wrâldwide ramp / krisis beskermje troch passende PPE en remedies te brûken.' Hy stoar oan 8 april yn in sikehûs yn Romford oan coronavirus.
Op tiisdei konfrontearre de âldste fan 'e twa soannen fan Dr Chowdhury, Intisar, 18, sûnenssekretaris Matt Hancock op in radio-tillefoan, en frege him oft hy spyt wie dat hy syn soargen net' serieus genôch 'naam. Mr. Hancock fertelde him dat hy 'echt sorry' wie oer de dea fan syn heit.
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury (links), 53, stoar minder dan trije wiken nei it skriuwen fan in Facebook-post dy't Boris Johnson warskôge oer it gebrek oan PPE. De dea fan NHS-dokter Peter Tun (rjochts) soe foarkommen wêze soene hy de juste PPE krigen hie, seit syn soan
Heit pleitet foar maskers
De dea fan NHS-dokter Peter Tun, 62, soe foarkommen wêze soene as hy de juste PPE krige, seit syn soan.
Dr Tun died of Covid-19 on April 13, three weeks after warning superiors it would be 'too little, too late' if Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital did not provide vital kit.
He was unable to persuade them to provide his team with surgical masks as there were no confirmed cases on his ward – despite two members self-isolating.
The son of the associate specialist in neurorehabilitation, Michael, said: 'When a doctor of 40 years' experience has had to literally beg for surgical masks, and it is denied, something has gone seriously wrong.'
The Royal Berkshire said it had correctly applied NHS-wide guidance on PPE.
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Mail Force Charity has been launched with one aim to help support NHS staff, volunteers and care workers fight back against Covid-1 in the UK.
Mail Force is a separate charity established and supported by the Daily Mail and General Trust.
The money raised will fund essential equipment required by the NHS and care workers.
This equipment is vital in protecting the heroic staff whilst they perform their fantastic work in helping the UK overcome this pandemic.
If we raise more money than is needed for vital Covid-1 equipment, we will apply all funds to support the work of the NHS in other ways.
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