SCOTTISH star Martin Compston has told of his brother's battle on the frontline against coronavirus

The Line of Duty man has revealed sibling Barry is currently doing his bit to help others during lockdown in his work as a carer. 

Compston was speaking during tonight's For the Love of Scotland livestream with Edith Bowman, which is raising vital cash to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. 

Speaking to host Bowman, Compston said: "We have these people out there who are putting their lives on the line everyday and logic dictates the longer they are out there the more they are at risk of infection.

"The very basic they deserve is the proper equipment to give themselves a chance to protect themselves.

Glasgow Times: Compston was speaking during For the Love of Scotland with host Edith Bowman Compston was speaking during For the Love of Scotland with host Edith Bowman

"My brother is a frontline carer and these are worrying times.

"Hopefully, the one thing coming out of this is that people are picking up the phone more and coming together.

"I wish it was in better circumstances but I am spending time at home with the family.

"I've been on the road pretty solid the last 18 months and when you are home you can't really be present because you know the workload coming up.

"It has made me realise the things that are important." 

The 35-year-old also defended people's right to use lockdown as a chance to "chill out" and not feel the pressure of completing viral social media challenges. 

Glasgow Times: Former Scotland star Ally McCoist is among those taking part in tonight's livestream Former Scotland star Ally McCoist is among those taking part in tonight's livestream

He added: "These are really surreal times and something creeping in more is the mental health aspect.

"I know more than most when you are unemployed as an actor you take a lot of meaning from your job.

"If people want to just chill out and take this time to themselves, then that is fine as well. 

"You don't need to beat yourself up because you are not out running 10ks everyday." 

Rangers legend Ally McCoist, Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli, and Hollywood's James McAvoy are just some of the other names joining Bowman in a livestream tonight to raise the vital funds.

Former Scotland and Rangers manager Alex McLeish plus current Celtic and former Scotland Captain Scott Brown have both sent in video messages asking for fans to support and donate. 

All cash is going towards the Masks for Scotland crowdfunding initiative, which was founded by Professor Jill Belch of the University of Dundee, in response to the urgent need for PPE for community frontline medical teams across Scotland.

All of the money raised will fund the provision of PPE for key workers. 

To support Masks for Scotland, visit here.  

To view the livestream, which is running until 9pm tonight (Wednesday) visit here


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