Renowned actor, screenwriter and activist Emma Thompson has kindly donated PPE to a hospital within the region. 

After understanding Inverclyde as one of the worst-hit areas in Scotland by COVID-19, she decided to reach out to offer support. 

With thanks to her donation, more than 5000 aprons have been donated to Inverclyde Royal Hospital as frontline workers battle the virus. 

Glasgow Times:

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Emma Thompson said: “Newspapers can often make you feel quite helpless but the Mail Force charity is practical and useful and genuinely required.

"When they asked if I’d like my donation to go towards a particular place, I immediately thought of Inverclyde.

"They have been amazing to cope and pull together against the odds in all of this.

“The NHS expresses the best of us: a sense of social morality, mutual responsibility and care towards one another that as we see in this crisis, is the most important part of all our institutions, there is nothing else.

"The only thing that stands between us and calamity in this crisis is the NHS.

"We’ve seen how valuable it is. So it’s important to not just clap but to also make sure we value it in a real and functional way - with more resources, funding and staff.”

Glasgow Times:

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Inverclyde Royal Hospital was the first hospital in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to have a positive case of COVID-19 in March and has sadly seen the highest death rate in Scotland. 

Dr Abby Gunn, lead clinician at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, has been instrumental in the response locally.

She said: “We’re a small but dedicated team in Inverclyde. The community is amazing here and patients and staff alike have banded together in these tough circumstances.

"We’re grateful to Emma for her kind donation and warm wishes."