Corrie star Simon Gregson's family coronavirus death leads to huge NHS gesture

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson, who tragically lost a family member to coronavirus has made a grand gesture to the NHS.

The actor, who plays Steve McDonald in Corrie spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning after he lost his grandmother-in-law to the deadly disease.

Following his wife, Emma grandma’s death Simon revealed that he wanted to do something to give back to the hardworking NHS workers bravely fighting on the frontline against Covid-19.

‘Well basically I am a little bit of collector of old classic stuff, cars, motorbikes and I like to mess around with them and try and them back on the road,’ he told the hosts.

‘So I thought I would do something nice and donate a couple of them to the NHS workers.’

The 45-year-old recently took to Twitter offering a couple of NHS workers his ‘two classic projects’.

He tweeted: Dear NHS workers I have two classic projects (car and bike) if you ride or drive and like fettling old machinery there yours. Just a little thank you. They need work! But don’t we all. No delivery for obvs reasons, oh and thank you.’

It also follows after the star himself started showing symptoms of Covid-19 last week.

He shared: ‘1st day out of bed today starting to feel a little better after contracting the virus.

‘My main symptom was gastric and still is bloody awful but lucky to not have respiratory. Stay safe everyone x.’

It was reported earlier this week that another 761 people died after contracting coronavirus, taking the UK death toll to at least 12,868, the Department of Health (DoH) has confirmed.

Today’s jump in deaths is another huge daily increase, following a rise of 778 yesterday and 717 on Monday.

The figures were updated after England recorded another 651 deaths. Scotland reported 84 deaths, while 60 were recorded in Wales and six in Northern Ireland.

The cast of Coronation Street and Emmerdale have reportedly reached a financial agreement with regards to their contracts, to protect their financial security during the coronavirus shutdown.

The actors are currently unable to film with the soaps after filming was shut down but ITV has worked with the union Equity to ensure cast members are not left ‘uncompensated’ by not working.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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