Donatella Versace donates $224,000 to Milan hospital amid coronavirus crisis

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck have donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan, Italy amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 64-year-old chief creative officer of Versace announced they would be giving the sum to the intensive care department of the San Raffaele hospital, which has been overwhelmed with patients since February, and has been appealing for financial help.

"In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives," Donatella said in a statement on social media on Friday.

"This is why, Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan," she continued. "Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones... This is when we, as a society, need to stand together and care for one another."

Currently, Italy has the highest number of Covid-19 cases outside of China, where the virus originated in December.

More than 24,700 people have been infected, with more than 1,800 deaths.

Donatella follows in the footsteps of Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni, who has raised over $3.4 million (£1.8 million) to help deal with the epidemic via a GoFundMe campaign.

Chiara and her husband, Italian rapper Fedez, also made a personal donation of $114,000 (£86,000) to help fund the purchase of much-needed new hospital beds in the San Raffaele hospital.

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