Conor McGregor hailed by hospital chiefs for fighting coronavirus after UFC star’s €1MILLION donation provides PPE for staff, oxygen equipment and monitors
- Conor McGregor has been thanked by a hospital in Cork for a generous donation
- The UFC fighter’s donationprovided the Mercy Hospital with PPE
- There are more than 16,000 cases of coronavirus in Ireland and 730 deaths
- He has contributed €1million to hospitals around the country to fight the disease
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Published: 03:50 EDT, 22 April 2020 | Updated: 04:31 EDT, 22 April 2020
The UFC fighter has helped in the fight against the deadly disease by donating €1million that has gone towards cardiac monitors, oxygen equipment and 50,000 masks for hospitals around the country.
Ireland currently has more than 16,000 cases of coronavirus and 730 deaths, and a hospital in Cork has singled him out for his generosity.
Conor McGregor has been praised by a hospital after his donation provided PPE for workers
Michael Sheridan, of the Mercy Hospital in Cork, showed the equipment McGregor had provided and thanked him for his help
Michael Sheridan, CEO of the Mercy Hospital, wrote on Twitter: ‘Huge thanks to @NotoriousMMA for donating thousands of pieces of #COVID19 PPE to @MercyCork #FrontLineHeroes. Some very happy porters collected these this morning at our @MercyfoundCork offices.’
The post displayed a number of boxes containing the PPE equipment with workers standing next to them outside the hospital’s fundraising office.
Meanwhile, clinical director Kieran O’Connor also showed his appreciation to McGregor, posting: ‘Enormous thanks to @NotoriousMMA for his support with massive PPE donation for COVID19 @MercyCork.’
A number of hospitals across Ireland have received equipment thanks to his contribution
The 31-year-old retweeted both posts and it comes after his sizeable donation was commended by a charity earlier this month.
Mary Leahy, the founding member of Heroes Aid, the charity that helped orchestrate McGregor’s money reaching the frontline of Ireland’s battle against coronavirus said his contributions were ‘positive’ and ‘very welcome’.
‘Your donation was a very welcome & positive contribution Conor,’ she wrote.
‘It was certaintly my 1st time ever having a role in spending a million..hope it wont be my last!
Mary Leahy of Heroes Aid took to Twitter to herald the impact of McGregor’s donation
‘The hard work started many weeks ago… give a women €1.3 million to spend, she will do it easily…and wisely, esp when this donation from @TheNotoriusMMA was to equip frontline healthcare to fight Covid-19.
‘From cardiac monitors, to oxygen concentrators, to face visors, masks, gowns, and the rest.’
Last month the lightweight fighter pleaded with Ireland to go into full lockdown in order to beat the coronavirus, urging them to ‘utilise our defence forces’.
The 31-year-old has been an active campaigner against coronavirus and has spoken with government figures about ways to combat the disease
He said: ‘If you do not enter the game, you cannot win it. We have now entered the game and with strict adherence to the methods we will win.
‘We must abide by this and I pray for health of the country that we do so. We cannot go by chance here.
‘I urge our government to utilise our defence forces. Any less than full adherence to these newly put forth methods by any member of our society will not only be a mockery to what we are attempting to do – it would put the rest of our great nation in danger.
‘You are doing your country an incredible deed by staying put.’
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