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Singer Jay Sean, broadcaster Anita Rani and footballer Neil Taylor are among the British Indians who have thrown their support behind the British Red Cross Global Coronavirus appeal, following the Covid-19 pandemic surge in India.
Sean says: "Things in India have reached a critical point. There's a deadly second wave spreading across the country, and thousands of people are losing their lives every day.”
Rani says she feels “devastated and helpless” at the news footage coming out of the country as “people are losing loved ones at a really rapid rate”.
Taylor, who has supported the charity’s campaigns in the past, explains how the Red Cross are helping on the ground, providing “vital support like ambulances, first aid, medical care and oxygen”, and making sure the help is getting to where it’s needed most.
Sean, Rani and Taylor all urge their social media followers to donate to the British Red Cross appeal, explaining that all money raised in the next week will go directly to .
Over 46,000 Red Cross staff and volunteers across 550 districts in India are supporting Covid-19 response efforts, including providing oxygen, ambulance services, first aid, medical care, and PPE within Indian communities.
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The Red Cross is also working closely with authorities to care for those who need it most, including the elderly, single mothers, and people with disabilities.
All money raised in the next week will go directly to the Red Cross and will help those most at risk of contracting the deadly virus.
The British Red Cross says it has reached more than 1.5 million people since the start of the pandemic. Its volunteers and staff have delivered food and medicine to people’s doorsteps, got patients home from hospital and are now supporting at centres across the UK.