Michael Sheen's fundraiser for Welsh flooding victims raises £30,000 in first few days

A crowdfunding campaign launched by actor Michael Sheen to help flood-hit communities in Wales has raised £30,000 in just over 24 hours.

The Hollywood star, who grew up in Port Talbot, hoped to raise at least £10,000 for people whose homes and businesses have been flooded.

However that target has already been smashed after receiving donations from more than 1,000 donors.

In an update on Thursday, Mr Sheen said: "Thank you to all who helped us reach our initial £10,000 goal in just a matter of hours!

"The power of community is incredible, and it is highlighted during times such as these. So many people in Wales have been affected by these floods, and I have decided to increase our goal to ensure that we are in a place to be there for those in need of support."

All the money raised from the campaign will go to the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, which Sheen has been president of since 2017.

It will then be distributed to communities across Wales, with those worst affected taking priority.

Clean up operation in Pontypridd, one of the towns worst affected by Storm Dennis Credit: PA

A number of other fundraising campaigns have also received considerable support, including a Pontypridd flooding relief page set up by the local MP Alex Davies-Jones.

Rock band Manic Street Preachers donated £3,000 to the fund on Thursday, along with other famous names including Line of Duty star Vicky McClure and her partner Jonny Owen, who gave £500.

A pledge of £500 was also listed under the name of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock.