"This has been a true team effort – we’re all simply part of the #GlobalCOVIDVolunteersArmy"

A British Chinese patient’s volunteer group has donated £5,000 to a hospital to thank NHS amid Coronavirus pandemic.

WaiLo Li, born in Hong Kong and raised in Worcestershire, is a NHS Trust patient with multiple chronic conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and deep-infiltrating Stage IV Endometriosis; both are listed among the most painful conditions by the NHS.

Li founded non-profit, volunteer-run group ProjectTOM in 2008. The group “encourages more young people to get into charity work- making a difference to themselves and their community.”

In partnership with 3P Innovation, ProjectTOM has provided 1,000 PPE visors, worth around £5,000 to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust (Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital) and Evesham Community Hospital.

The donation is the partnership’s largest donation for any NHS Trusts.

Additionally, the partnership provided over 3,300 high-quality PPE visor guard donations across the UK to GP surgeries, clinics, carers, police, schools, nursing homes, hospices, crematoriums, as well as charitable organisations

“We have asked everyone to start with their own networks wherever they might be in the world. Everyone can do something – no act of kindness is too small,” Li said.

“This has been a true team effort – we’re all simply part of the #GlobalCOVIDVolunteersArmy.”

“Massive thanks to all those that contributed in the battle against Covid-19 – from manufacturers to pro-bono couriers, our amazing volunteers, as well as those who support our online anti-racism campaign; calling for people to BE KIND – BE AN ALLY and stand up to bullies.”

“ProjectTOM is a voluntary, unfunded, grassroot #ActsOfKindness non-profit group since 2008 – where everyone is unpaid, donates their spare time and effort on top of their full-time jobs or studies – has raised over £47,000 GBP for charitable causes both at home and abroad with over 71,300 beneficiaries.”

“Huge thanks to the #GlobalCOVIDVolunteersArmy including for their pro-bono distribution; SSC Visor Bikes, Midland Freewheelers volunteers, Warwickshire Visor Bikes and Orbital Direct couriers.”

Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our staff across all our hospitals and health and care services in Worcestershire are doing a magnificent job in working to put patients first through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the NHS.

“This includes frontline staff working under tremendous pressure looking after Coronavirus patients and also those working tirelessly behind the scenes to support them.

“We are extremely grateful to WaiLo and ProjectTOM for this incredibly generous donation of PPE. This is a huge morale boost for our staff who are working day in day out to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

In other charitable news, Boston’s Chinatown businesses are being supported against Coronavirus racism through a campaign titled ‘We Love Boston Chinatown’