Nottingham Chinese communities crowdfund for the city’s NHS in the battle against COVID-19

A crowdfund campaign launched by the University of Nottingham (UoN) and Nottingham City Council (NCC) hopes to raise £10,000 to help medical frontliners fighting COVID-19.

The campaign was launched jointly by Chinese colleagues at the Asia Business Centre of UoN, and NCC, to buy urgent supplies for medical frontliners working for the NHS in Nottingham fighting against coronavirus. 

Min Rose of Nottingham University, and Jason Yu and Lai Xi from the city council say, “the fundraising will demonstrate that we are one truly global and civic community that transcends ethnicity, nationality and culture.”

More than £4,300 was raised a month ago by Asia Business Centre at the University of Nottingham to buy protective supplies for hospital in the city of Ningbo to fight coronavirus.

Ningbo is Nottingham’s sister city in China, where UoN has a partner campus run in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education group in China.

The statement made by NCC continues: “With the COVID-19 crisis deepening in the UK and our National Health Service under unprecedented pressure to provide treatment and care for the nation, the Chinese community in Nottingham is pulling our strengths together to buy much needed medical supplies from China to reach our NHS in Nottingham as soon as possible.”

Dominick Shaw, professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Nottingham says he “greatly appreciates” the support offered by the alumni and friends of University of Nottingham, as well as the wider Chinese community in Nottingham.

Masks and other donations will be received by Richard Hubbard, professor of Respiratory Epidemiology on behalf of professor Shaw. 

Hubbard is also the UK director of the Nottingham Health China, a strategic engagement platform of UoN for research and knowledge exchange with China’s healthcare sector, which is supported by Asia Business Centre.

By Qing Na

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