Two Vietnamese children donate 20,000 masks to UK medical staff

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Two Vietnamese children have donated 20,000 medical masks to the UK.

Truong Thi Linh Nhan and Truong Cao Khoi used their “lucky money” to donate medical masks to help the UK tackle Covid-19.

The masks were sent to the UK successfully by the British Embassy in Hanoi last week on a commercial flight which repatriated 100 British nationals.

The embassy tweeted a written response from Gareth Ward, British Ambassador to Vietnam, along with a picture of the two children near Tower Bridge in London.

He wrote: “I am glad that you, who are at very young ages, care about the world and have contributed to the fight against the virus.

“I believe that your gift is really meaningful to doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in the UK, who are working around the clock to fight against the virus and save people’s lives.”

Lucky money is a Vietnamese tradition which sees children given money in a red envelope for the Lunar New Year, as a symbol of good luck and hope.

Ambassador Gareth Ward's letter
Gareth Ward said the children’s gift was ‘really meaningful’ (British Embassy Hanoi/PA)

Mr Ward went on to thank the children for making him feel “hopeful about the future”.

He said: “If everyone plays a part in this fight, I believe that we can overcome this pandemic.”

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