Covid fundraising effort for India launched by Crawley cricket club

A Crawley cricket club is raising funds to tackle the ever-growing coronavirus crisis in India.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 5:34 pm

Ram CC hopes to raise £5,000 to buy and deliver oxygen concentrators to the frontline.

The club has so far raised over £3,000 and has teamed up with a registered charity to provide vital equipment the Indian population so desperately needs to combat Covid.

Posting on the club’s GoFundMe page, Ram’s Ricky Patel said: “The numbers paint a grim picture and in reality the situation is a lot worse than the official statistics show.

Coronavirus patients rest inside a banquet hall temporarily temporarily converted into a coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 29. Picture by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP via Getty Images
Coronavirus patients rest inside a banquet hall temporarily temporarily converted into a coronavirus ward in New Delhi on April 29. Picture by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP via Getty Images

“The devastating reach of Covid-19 has India in crisis and the worst is still to come.

“Supplies across the country are running low and hospitals are in dire need of breathing apparatus to help their most critically ill patients.”

“We, as Ram Cricket Club have teamed up with a registered charity partner to procure and deliver Oxygen concentrators directly to the front line.”

Thursday saw India record 379,257 new infections - the world’s highest single-day total - and 3,645 deaths.

The BBC believes the real death toll to be higher.

The country has seen supplies of oxygen run critically low and hospitals have been overwhelmed by the number of Covid-related patients.

To donate to Ram’s Appeal for Oxygen in India please visit https://gofund.me/f5347a4a