Actor Dev Patel makes heartfelt plea for British Red Cross Global Coronavirus Appeal

The star, who has friends and family in India, implores the public to give what they can.

 Last updated 19 April 2023

"People are dying at a terrifying rate"

In the video, Dev describes the devastating scenes in India. 

“What you are reading is horrifying, what’s actually happening is far worse,” he says.

“Please donate. It would mean the world to me and would truly help save lives.”Donate to our Global Coronavirus Appeal.


Duration of video: 1 min

The level of need is higher than ever

Since we spoke to Dev, the situation has evolved.

As India continues to struggle with the virus, reporting sky high death rates, the second wave is now sweeping across much of South Asia too. 

Countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and beyond are really struggling, and the level of need across the world is now higher than ever.  

Richard Blewitt, Executive Director of International at the British Red Cross said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s generosity in response to our appeal so far.

“People are falling into extremely vulnerable situations around the world, with many struggling to access medical care, food, and water, as well as vital Covid-19 prevention items, like masks and hand sanitiser.

“Now, we must pull together to make sure no one is left behind, no matter where they are.”

All money raised from the British Red Cross’s Global Coronavirus Appeal will help reach people who are most at risk from this frightening surge of Covid-19. Please give if you can.

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