Supermarket and superstar donate cash for coronavirus causes; Johnson remains a super-dud

James McAvoy: his contribution will help medical staff treat thousands of people.

Remember when B&M donated £1 million to food banks to bridge the supply gap caused by coronavirus?

We all praised that company to the hilt.

So let’s give at least as much praise to Morrisons for donating 10 times as much to food banks – in fresh food from its bakery, egg and fruit & vegetable packing sites.

And the supermarket firm is also encouraging donations by converting its now-closed in-store cafes into donation hubs.

And let’s also praise movie star James McAvoy, who has donated £275,000 of his own money to a crowdfunding campaign set up by doctors to raise money for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, visors and gloves.

Despite a claim by the government that there was no shortage of PPE, this has proved to be untrue. Three NHS doctors have died of coronavirus (so far) and we must ascribe some of those deaths to the fact that they have been treating people who have the disease – without the benefit of this vital equipment. Medical staff have likened the situation to “going to war without armour and protection”.

Mr McAvoy’s donation has hugely boosted the fund, which original had a target of £200,000 – only a fraction of his own donation. His contribution brought the total to £440,000 and it seems likely to hit its new target of half a million pounds.

The equipment this will buy will be a huge boost to the NHS – not just for the protection it will provide but also for the morale of medical staff.

Contrast this with the behaviour of Boris Johnson – who is spaffing £5.8 million on a letter to every UK household, telling us things we know already.

The letter has been well-trailed by the media. This Writer’s impression was that the only way it would do any good is if it was printed on paper that is soft, strong and absorbent (if you take my meaning).

Johnson would have served the public better by using the cash to buy more of the equipment we need to beat the virus.

Sadly, we have a prime minister who is more concerned with public relations than public service.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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  1. Caroline Carney March 31, 2020 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Sorry I cannot agree regarding Morrison’s I have been a customer for 7 years every Tuesday sometimes more they know I am disabled and house bound yet I am not on their list. I got 2 inane emails telling me there were spaces available everyday after midnight and I have tried but no joy they then said sign up to government scheme so I did and tonight I actually managed to get onto their site but there were 2 slots 16.4.2020 at 9pm or 21/4/2020 at 11pm. I tried to book both but got neither as their website has been horrendous int he last 2 weeks. I heard from another disabled regular customer who got a slot and told them she would need the shopping outside her flat door because she cannot go outside on her own. They told her there was no problem. The guy dumped her shopping on the grass outside her flat and her neighbours gad to go out and get as it was strewn around the grass. Morrison’s owners are Tory supporters and I would not put it past them to do it to try and put good news out there so we don’t notice the government totally farcical behaviour

  2. Joanna Woolston March 31, 2020 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Ew I woùldn’t want a letter from him, someone told me you can get the coronavirus from paper, hasn’t most of the cabinet had it or caught it?

    Take care Mike and Mrs Mike!!!

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