A fundraiser has been launched in a bid to provide free taxi journeys for NHS staff within the city commuting to and from work. 

The Glasgow NHS Taxi Fund is hoping to raise £10,000 to cover the cost of providing nurses, doctors and other key health workers free taxi journeys to and from work throughout the coronavirus outbreak. 

The fundraiser reads: " I would like to help these folk by setting up a fund to cover the cost of transport for NHS workers in Glasgow.

"The reasons for this are simple: Their time will be better spent in hospitals than waiting on other transport.

"They should not have to wait to get home to their families after a shift.

"Taxi drivers although maybe wanting to help where they can still have to pay for fuel and and car etc - I know many have already given NHS staff free transport while incurring a loss.

"To say thanks to all Glasgow NHS staff and to show that we appreciate their efforts."

The initial fund is in partnership with Glasgow Taxis Ltd who have agreed to provide their highest discount rate available. 

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Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist has hailed the initiative and shared a post on his instagram urging others to donate where they can.

His story reads: "Support our NHS heroes. I've donated. Every little helps."

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The fundraiser adds: "To NHS staff - if this fund can help you at this time, please accept our offer of support.

"Phone 0141 429 7070 to book a taxi to any Glasgow hospital or back, quote NHSTaxi when booking and show your NHS ID to the driver at the start of your journey."

Find the fundraiser here.