A retired newsagent is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the NHS, after asking people to donate just £3 to cover the cost of a Covid vaccination.

Jagesh Chadda, from Chapel Park in Newcastle, has been inspired to do what he can to support the heroic doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff on the frontlines of the pandemic.

After hearing that the reported cost of each Oxford/AstraZeneca jab to the Government was just £3, he is encouraging others to donate that small amount to the NHS as a thank you – and to support hospitals as they face a huge backlog of treatments and procedures that have had to be delayed because of the Covid crisis.

The 68-year-old, who ran a paper shop in Heaton’s Chillingham Road before his retirement, has already raised more than £2,000 after launching a Just Giving page and is hoping to reach £10,000.

While the vaccines are being administered for free, Jagesh is asking people to think about covering the cost themselves – considering that £3 is less than you might spend on a cup of coffee or a pint of beer.

He said: “We all need the vaccine to keep ourselves safe and £3 to save yourself is nothing at all.

“It is also something that has been affecting BAME people more. I see on the news that a lot of people say they don’t want to take the vaccine.